More Va. vets eligible for driving program

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Associated Press

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 7:15 AM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles says more veterans are now eligible for the state's Troops to Trucks program.

The program helps military personnel about to leave service or new veterans obtain a Virginia commercial driver's licenses and assists with their civilian job searches.

Officials say more than 300 military personnel or veterans have already taken part in the program.

An amendment to federal rules expanded the length of time during which a state can waive the driving skills test for commercial driver's licenses for applicants with comparable military experience.

The program is now open to Virginia veterans out of the service for up to one year. Officials anticipate that the extension could allow an additional 60 to 100 recent veterans to participate in the program per year.

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