Published May 03, 2016
Veterans who have fallen on hard times can soon receive free rides to job interviews and other employment events, in a new partnership among the major ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft, the White House revealed Tuesday.
Job and employment counselors would help administer the rides for homeless veterans, according to the White House. Lyft has not revealed a specific number of rides, but Uber committed 10,000 rides over the coming year, worth roughly $125,000 in all.
Uber announced that all riders on Veterans Day will have opportunities to donate to the cause.
"It is remarkable to see competitors come together to support our veterans," said Colonel Nicole Malachowski, Executive Director of the White House's Joining Forces Initiative, formed to support veterans and military families.
Nearly 50,000 veterans are homeless on any given night, the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans estimates. More than 90% are male, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Uber's Senior Vice President of Business Emil Michael added, "Thank you to the brave men and women who have served our country and to the military families who have supported their service. It takes tremendous sacrifice and commitment to be a servicemember."