CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A local veteran from Portland who was nominated by Del Mar for the 'Transition to Trucking' Award will be honored by the city council on Nov. 15.
Ashley Leiva served in the U.S Army for nearly 16 years, in 2021 she attended Del Mar Transportation Services and received her CDL.
Leiva is one of 11 veterans nominated for the award.
The 'Transition to Trucking' award is given to a military rookie drivers to kick off their entrepreneurial career.
The United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Fastport, and Kenworth award a recent transition veteran into trucking with a brand new semi-truck. Voting in this year's 'Transition to Trucking' program was underway until Nov.11
Leiva says winning would lift a burden and continue her mother's legacy
"My mom, she was a truck driver for 20-plus years. Unfortunately, she passed away last year but just carrying on her legacy, my brother and I. We are both veterans and we're both truck drivers," said Ashley Leiva, local Army combat veteran.
The winner of the 'Transition to Trucking' award will be announced on Dec. 16.