We salute our Veterans


Who are Veterans:

According to the dictionary a Veteran is a former member of the armed forces. They are indeed so much more than that. Veterans develop a special bond that ignores any barriers. A bond that lasts a life time and is thicker than water. A bond that only other veterans can understand. A taste of freedom that is only felt when the sacrifices were made.

SMTI's Veterans Tribute has been created to give honor to all past, present, and future veterans who answer the call. Please take the time to reflect and remember all who made the ultimate sacrifices in order to give us the freedoms we tend to take for granted each and every day.

The RED Stripes stand for the courage and blood shed by the millions of our veterans protecting our country, our flag, and others' freedom. The WHITE Stripes stand for loyalty to our country, family, friends, and their fellow veterans. The BLUE field with 50 white stars on it, I see 50 states formed into a union. Where all veterans come from; the rich and poor, all races, religions, and creeds.

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On 2012-12-08 10:18:03.056831 by Nikki Singletary

I want to thank all our troops past and present for keeping us safe. Yesterday was a very emotional day for me. My uncle is in bad health. He is a WW2 hero. But as he said our brave men and women were fighting to save our country and they did at a great loss of life. God bless you all and to those not on USA soil now I pray you come home safe. Again Thank you.

On 2012-11-12 01:04:13.541879 by Nikki Singletary

I want to thank all our veterans past and present for keeping our country safe.
I thank my husband Russell Singletary Sr. for loving his country and his service in the US Navy.
I love you Russ.

PS Have you hugged your veteran today?

On 2012-07-09 05:11:54.230164 by John Manning

I was a HET operator with the 1175th operating in Iraq and kuwait in 2007 - 2008. I would like to inquire about getting a CDL Class A and any knowledge any of you have about jobs running Heavy Equipment Transports either in the US or overseas. Thank You!!!

On 2012-06-24 19:31:13.822908 by robert simmons

My uncle Russell, my nephew david,and now my son christopher warren simmons is going in to the military,May God bless those who have served! the ones serving now and like my son those joining now and remember untill they all come home!!!!!!!!!!!!

On 2012-05-27 15:25:04.368094 by Nikki Singletary

Thank you to all our veterans past and present. May God bless you.

On 2012-05-27 15:20:48.918511 by My Brother

My Nam Vet Brother
By Sandy Long 1995
Neither your name nor your service are found on any wall
Even though you served your country proudly, strong and tall.
Your combat experiences have made it hard
To live your life without memorys sword.
Memory pierces your composure with pinpoint accuracy
Just when you think you have found peace and mercy
From the sights and sounds of the war you continue to experience
The walls you build to protect yourself become the merest fence
No longer holding back the fear, hate and unmitigated horror
Of coming home to discord and being an unappreciated warrior.
Even with the advent of late coming parades and political jive
You do not know why you survived and cannot find it easy to be alive
Fighting, booze and drugs brought you no real relief
Therapy and counseling have not changed your belief
That you are still one outcast as with a social disease.
But wait. Here I stand along with tens of thousands of others
To them like to me, you are a hero, a Viet Nam Vet, my brother.

On 2012-05-16 11:56:29.931297 by John

I just like to thank you for this page. I retired in 98 from the us army

On 2012-03-22 16:03:59.776588 by Michael Clayton

I love the statement above, "If you can read this thank a teacher. If you're reading it in English, thank a Soldier." (Or Marine) p.s. Thank you for your patience while answering my numerous questions about the school today. I enjoyed the talk and look forward to visiting the school.

On 2011-12-08 21:22:28.734954 by Nikki Singletary

My uncle Dennis was at Pearl Harbor 70. Thank you uncle Din. I love youi

On 2011-12-08 21:11:45.064081 by Nikki Singletary

We thank all of our troops and veterans and pray for you each day.

On 2011-11-06 17:13:44.944885 by Pat

Don't forget to thank a Vet. Veterans Day is this Friday.

On 2011-10-17 01:33:41.198111 by VET Tuition

SMTI has been approved by THEC to except the GI Bill

On 2011-08-22 21:36:40.952037 by Anonymous


On 2011-07-30 12:48:34.301842 by Sherry Smith

Do you have any special tuition arrangements for veterans? Thanks, Sherry

On 2011-07-24 00:19:01.855436 by Joe Sowers, Assistant Director

Smokey Mountain Trucking Institute's Asheville NC Campus is having a job fair August 6, 2011 9am till 2pm located at 1401 Tunnel Rd. Asheville, NC Smokey Mountain Trucking Institute's Asheville NC Campus would like to invite you all to attend. There will be refreshments and trucking companies on site to greet you. Of course all veterans and military are welcome.

On 2011-03-02 22:58:53.072470 by SMTI Director

Smokey Mountain Trucking Institute's Asheville NC Campus is having the school's grand opening Friday, March 4th 2011. We are happy to be located at 1401 Tunnel Rd.
Asheville, NC is a wonderful city and have many opportunities for our veterans.
Through the help and work of the wonderful people at ABCCM the school is open. ABCCM is a wonderful partner and Rev. Scott Rogers and Billi Baldwin have stood by SMTI and the veterans we have trained and placed in good paying jobs for many years. The trucking companies who hire our students are the best the industry has to offer.

I want to personally thank all of you.

Nichola P. Singletary,

On 2010-10-30 21:15:18.597446 by Saying Goodby

We lost one of great Navy Cheifs, Adwon H. Clark 88, of Sale City, died Tuesday, October 12, 2010

My service in Squadron VAH3

I am Cheif Clarks oldest Daughter, I lived this part of his Naval Career & am old enough to remember the long months without him and the moves from Station to Station, but Daddy told us over and over about his Naval Career so we could pass it to our grandchildren. We moved to Sanford Florida in 1959 from Vaginia Beach VA, on Orders for AVAH3, he was assigned as maintence Chief on the VAH3 Heavy Attack Squardon. he did 2 Med. Cruises serveing aboard the USS Independance. Also during this time was Viet Nam. They lost some good men & Aircraft in that war. After returning home from Viet Nam he had orders to Cecil Field, Florida 1966-1968. In 1968 he had the choice of assignments, being his twilight years towards 30 years he requested Albany Georgia, he always said "I figured I joined the Navy in Albany so for me it will be going home" consequently he was returned to RVAH3 with the change from Heavy Attack to Reconnaissnance Attack Squadron. He never had any regrets in his Naval Career, Uncle Sam was good to us, his men were hard workers and he was proud to be the Lead Chief of the Squadron in his last 4 years. It was hard for him to sit behind a desk he would rather have been working on the aircraft. coming home with grease under his fingernails and grease pencils in his pockets. This is submitted for my father who though alive--has alzhimers, this disease isn't easy to watch, but he talks about his Navy days like it was yesterday. God Bless The Men & Women who are Serving our Country, God Bless those who haveServed in our past, and God Bless America. Debbie Young

On 2010-08-11 02:21:22.244055 by Hello out there

We had 3 more vets grads last week! All have jobs!
They did supper good in class! Congrats guys!
Nikki Pailine Singletary, Director SMTI

On 2010-07-06 11:46:02.328538 by Vet Grads

We graduated 4 more veterans 7-2-2010. They did a great job in our truck driving school! They did a great job for our country. We thank them for their service to our country and may God bless them and keep them safe.

On 2010-05-13 01:50:29.253810 by Pat


This story is about a freind of mine who started the M.O.M.S. program. I used to give cookies to her boy. They lived next door to me many years ago.

On 2010-05-11 16:22:12.986956 by Two Vets

Graduated today. They did a great job in training and I think they will be good safe truck drivers.
T want to thank them for their service to our country.
They are always in my prayers. Nikki

On 2010-04-26 12:16:50.018842 by Catherine

I want to thank all of our veterans and those currently serving. You have sat aside your plans and goals to provide the rest of us with freedom and security. Never can I express my true appreciation for your dedication and job well done. You, all of you, are my heroes!

I love you,


On 2010-04-13 15:31:11.331963 by Thank you

I want to Thank my Sister Capt Dawn Gray for her service and dedication to our country. She served in Iraq and thankfully she came home.
Thank you Dawn

On 2010-03-21 03:26:02.563494 by Deb

A Soldier is someone who at one point in their life wrote a blank check made payable to the United States for an amount up to, and including, their life! That is honor, and there are way too many people in this country today, who no longer understand that fact!

On 2010-03-19 23:43:00.972117 by Nikki Singletary

In memory of my uncle Wilford Price. Pearl Harbor and Japan.
I will always love you and that smile. I was a small child but I remember.

On 2010-03-19 23:39:08.752463 by Nikki

Thank you uncle Den. I love you.

On 2010-03-19 23:32:47.675251 by Dennis Seeber

PEARL HARBOR does anyone rember? I will never forget I was there.

On 2010-02-27 15:21:50.677940 by Sandy Long

I had a big brother that served three tours in Nam as a Navy Seabee. He was exposed to agent orange there and suffered from it's effects for years though the VA wouldn't acknowledge it. He retired from the Navy reserves and was a trucker. Last year, I lost him to cancer...H."Tom" Kauszler USN ret., 1945-2009...I want to have this here to honor him and the man on the bracelet I still wear, Reginald D. Cleves, USA, missing Laos 1971 and to also say thank you to everyone who has served and WELCOME HOME YA'LL!

On 2010-02-26 20:26:15.740836 by DAWG

As a young man groing up in tenn.i learned to love my hm and my county but when i joined the USMC and served my country over seas in various areas i truely learned to love my country and was so proud to have served,a injury forced me out of the Marines,since i have done a tour in Iraq with a private security firm and now work in law enforcement as a k-9 E.O.D. specialist and i just want to say thanks to all vets for their service and SEMPER FI.

On 2010-02-13 23:13:26.583673 by Ralph Seeber, Sgt.USA

Korean Conflict Vet. (it's called a conflict but I thought it felt like war). Thank you all for remembering us. It means so much to me.It's been a long while but I'll never forget the little children. They suffer most of all. I still pray for them.
Thanks to my niece Nikki for posting this for me. My eyes are not that great any more. God Bless

On 2010-02-04 13:20:19.246005 by Mrs. Russell Singletary, USN Ret

Have you hugged your veteran today?

I've hugged mine for 44 year today! Happy Anniversery Russ. I love you and I thank you for what you did for our country.


On 2010-02-03 17:08:15.937606 by Tammy

There are no words that can describe how I feel about the service boys and girls have done for this great country of ours. Except thank you and God Bless you and ALWAYS bless God. Thank you to all the families that had or have someone in the military. It takes someone special to put up with the time their special someone has to be deployed. God Bless and Thank You.

On 2010-02-03 16:49:05.094107 by Hawk

Thank you. It's beautiful.

On 2010-02-02 03:07:15.463113 by CPO Russell W. Singletary, USN R

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. This is one of the nicest things anyone could do for me. I was and am proud to have served my country for 21 years. My story is to heartberaking to speak about but I'll just say I would do anything my country ask. I love the USA. God bless you Deb and God bless our country.

War was declared on the USA