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Penske's sixth annual Veterans Day Recognition Program took place on Monday at its corporate headquarters in Reading, Pennsylvania.

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On a sprawling retreat south of Louisville, Kentucky, Debi Tribbey was hard at work trying to wrestle with a group of vines, which formed a stranglehold on a section of fencing.

"There were so many tough vines that had gone through the fencing," said Tribbey, district financial manager for Penske Truck Leasing in Louisville. "It was almost like de-needling."

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With the sound of gunfire still echoing from the 21-gun salute, Michael Phillips, a member of the Navy Ceremonial Guard, stood at attention, saluting a fallen Navy hero as taps began to play.

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With the threat hostile forces nearby, Autumn Barrett remained alert as she patrolled her U.S. Air Force base deep in the heart of Iraq.

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As a truck driver in the Army, Scott 'Hutch' Hutchison's duties took him just feet from the border between North and South Korea to the war-torn sands of Iraq.

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Loren Robinson grew up listening to his uncles' and brothers' recollections of their military service – from World War II to Vietnam – knowing one day, he would continue his family's legacy of service.

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Penske was recently named a 2020 Military-Friendly Employer in recognition of the company's commitment to creating employment opportunities for veterans.

The list, created by VIQTORY, which publishes G.I. Jobs and Military Spouses magazines, serves as a bellwether for veterans and their spouses in their search for the best employment opportunities.

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Each year at a moment’s notice, thousands in the National Guard and Reserves answer the call to serve on the frontlines in conflict zones abroad as well as in times of state and national emergencies at home.

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Editor’s note: This story is part of our “50 Stories of People Helping People” series. As we celebrate Penske’s 50th anniversary in 2019, we are spotlighting associates every Friday who are making a difference in their communities.

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Recently, Penske was among several companies that were recognized by the U.S. Navy Reserves for their support of Reserve Sailors.

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Penske Truck Leasing recently received the Eagle Head Plaque award from the Pennsylvania Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).

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A group of motorcycle riders will travel approximately 1,400 miles over the course of seven days to help honor over 1,700 spouses and children who have lost loved ones during the post 9/11 conflicts. Known as the “We Remember Ride", the journey is part of Snowball Express, an annual four-day experience that brings together the families of America's fallen military heroes.

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Gratitude comes in many forms, and for veterans like Penske associate Juan DeJesus, each one – from a simple thank you to a warm cup of coffee – is heartfelt.

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It is the job of military logisticians to help ensure much-needed supplies – including food, water and ammunition - reach those who need them, whether in training or on the battlefield.

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The call to serve came early for Penske associate Craig Whisler when as a child he would listen to his mother recount stories of her father’s military service during World War II.

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Penske Truck Leasing and Penske Logistics are 2019 Military-Friendly Employers. Both companies earned entry onto the list created by VIQTORY media, the publisher of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouses magazines.

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This year, Penske Truck Rental is a Sustaining Sponsor of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games (NVWG), presented by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA).

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The transition from military to civilian life can be difficult for service men and women but even more so for veterans experiencing spinal cord injury or disease.

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As the wind gently whispered outside his barracks, Cornelius J. was unmoved; he was on a new mission.

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The Paul R. Gordon Veteran Social Center of Berks County in Reading, Pennsylvania, gives at-risk veterans a place to find fellowship and receive much-needed assistance.

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