Robert Palm, a veteran who served in the 101st Airborne, has been in the trucking industry since 1981 and he’s seen it all. As his career is winding down, he’s been looking for a way to give back to the community that has given him a living for nearly the past 40 years.

He’s had nearly every job on the open road that you can have in the trucking industry. He’s been a towing and recovery operator, a company driver, a company trainer, a Truck Driving School Owner, a State CDL Road Test Examiner, a lease operator, and finally an Owner Operator with 48 State Operating Authority. 

Through his career, one thing which struck him was what happens to truck drivers who get hurt or sick while driving far away from home? Or what if a family member gets seriously ill while the driver is on the other side of the country? 

If you’re like me, you’d think that the big trucking companies would more than take care of their own. And in many cases they do, but all too frequently the drivers are stuck somewhere far from home. That is why Palm started

As the mission statement says:

“ is an IRS 501(c)(3) recognized charity, designed to reunite truck drivers and their families in the event of death, debilitating injury, or serious illness. It is a charity organization that will assist in the immediate travel, lodging, and ground transportation needs of truck drivers and their immediate families, whether to the truck driver’s location or for the driver to travel home in such a case. Additionally, in the event of loss of a driver’s life, we will pay transportation of his/her remains home.”

Palm started the charity in Albuquerque, New Mexico to serve, as he says all of the truck drivers of North America.  On May 1, TruckersFinalMile will begin its seventh year.

There are no memberships in the charity. Its only criterion for helping an individual is that they have a CDL and either work for a company in the trucking industry or is an owner-operator.