Veterans into Logistics – a not for profit truck training organisation has named a vehicle after Fusilier Lee Rigby.
The DAF CF85 was presented at an event attended by the Rigby family in Rochdale, Greater Manchester.
In addition, armed forces lead for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Chris Thomas, Chris Clarkson MP and Mayor Andy Burnham were present.
Veterans into Logistics was established last year, aiming to cut unemployment amongst military veterans.
In other words, the organisation provides skills and opportunities to veterans as they readjust to civilian life.
Meanwhile, it is also in the process of applying for charity status.
Clarkson explained he had “really enjoyed” working with Veterans into Logistics.
“When Darren [Wright] got in touch about the work he and the team were doing, I was keen to find out more.
“Together I hope we can provide many more opportunities for our veterans.”
Darren Wright, founder and director of Veterans into Logistics, was delighted with the response from the Rigby family.
“Lee’s name will take pride of place on our DAF CF,” he said.
“The truck plays a key role in helping to provide a new career to the UK’s military veterans.”
Importantly, as well as mentoring, the Veterans into Logistics team delivers training to allow ex-military personnel to gain their HGV licence.
Above all, lessons are delivered using the organisation’s dedicated LF and CF trucks.
Once qualified, the in-house recruitment team helps new drivers to find their first role within the transport and logistics industry.
“Many who leave the armed forces without a trade or transferable skill struggle to meaningful employment,” stated Wright.
“Therefore, having employment is a major factor in a person’s mental health, as employment gives you structure and financial security.”
Concluding, he said that his mission was to reduce unemployment within the veterans community.