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Todd Dills

Necessary intervention

| November 04, 2008

The 60 Minutes “Coming Home” segment Sunday concerned vets returning from overseas to find their jobs disappeared, in contravention of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, or USERRA. Con-way Freight vice president Dave Miller was interviewed about the strain the company’s support of its 50 called-up reservist and National Guard drivers and other employees puts on its books. Con-way driver Jeff Vineyard, too, was featured. Vineyard, sent to Iraq for a year in 2005 as a member of the Indiana National Guard, has no worries about his own civilian job, as Con-way has stepped up to the plate for all its deployed employees, in Jeff’s case continuing his family health coverage as well as continuing his salary, making up the $10,000 difference between his Con-way pay and the lower military pay. But now, Vineyard is out on a second deployment, and Miller and other executives from larger companies inside and outside the industry are calling for government help in the form of tax incentives to enable larger businesses (in addition to small businesses, which are helped in a similar way already) to cope with repeated deployments of their employees, a responsible burden, in these tough times, to lighten just a bit, they argue. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.

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Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. He frequently covers business, regulatory and lifestyle topics for the magazine and at His work on the “CSA’s Data Trail” series in Overdrive about the federal CSA program was awarded the highest honor in trade journalism – the “Grand Neal” – by American Business Media at the 2014 Jesse H. Neal Awards. Dills’ Channel 19 blog covers a grab bag of on-highway hearsay, owner-operator news and driver views from the roadways the nation over. His work in trucking journalism builds on a background of news feature, fiction and other creative writing and editing. Find him here at the Channel 19 blog and via his Twitter feed, or send tips to or via phone at 205-907-2481.


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