VAN BUREN, ARK. – May 7, 2015 – USA Truck, Inc. (NASDAQ: USAK), a leading capacity solutions provider headquartered in Van Buren, AR, issued a letter today on behalf of Chief Executive Officer John Simone.
Dear Colleagues and Fellow Stockholders:
I wanted to update you personally on the status of my medical leave and the timing of my expected return. Although my communication with you has been limited for several weeks, please know that USA Truck, and all of you, have been in my thoughts as I have concentrated on my treatments and recovery.
During March, I experienced cerebral vascular accidents (CVAs), or strokes, which primarily affected my speech (much improved since then). My doctors have not identified any other lasting effects, and they expect me to make a full recovery from the CVAs.
While looking for the cause of the CVAs, they discovered lung cancer, which is very rare in nonsmokers. I have been undergoing chemotherapy, and radiation treatments are planned in the future. The treatments are expected to continue for several more weeks. It is too early to have complete visibility on timeframe for completing treatments or a definitive prognosis, but my doctors and I are optimistic.
Needless to say, this dual challenge multiplied the number of tests, appointments, and treatments to the point a medical leave became necessary. The warm wishes and messages from many of you were much appreciated and are helping keep up my spirits along the way.
Several weeks into the treatments, I am feeling much better. My strength is returning, my speech is improving, and I am looking forward to returning to active involvement in the business. My doctors have not finalized their recommendations on my ability to travel or return to USA Truck in a full time capacity. I intend to return as soon as medically advisable, and I am hoping that will be sometime this summer.
I would like to thank my colleagues at USA Truck for their support of me, but even more for their continued efforts on behalf of the company. The depth and breadth of our team has never been greater, and this has been clearly displayed over these past several weeks. I am grateful and humbled, but not surprised, by their dedication and performance.
John M. Simone
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