CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The state wants to help some military personnel train for jobs as truck drivers in West Virginia.
The West Virginia National Guard, the state Department of Education and Department of Transportation are assisting veterans with experience driving large trucks and other equipment with obtaining their commercial driver's licenses.
Typical training for such a license can cost up to $10,000.
A pilot program announced Wednesday will let 20 National Guard members get the necessary physical exams and additional classroom and skills training for free at the Fred W. Eberle Technical Center in Upshur County.
Division of Motor Vehicle examiners also will travel to the center to administer license tests instead of requiring participants to travel to the DMV. It means the veterans will receive licenses in weeks instead of months.