Uber And Lyft Are Joining Forces To Offer Vets Free Rides To Job Interviews


In a wonderful nod to our military, ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft will be offering up free rides to vets headed to a job interviews. The move is part of the White House's new campaign Joining Forces, which is setting out to help end homelessness amongst veterans. 

In a symbolic timing, the companies made the announcement the night before Veteran's Day. 

"We have heard time and time again that transportation to and from work and job interviews is often a significant hurdle for homeless veterans trying to find work," Air Force Col. Nicole Malachowski, the executive director of Joining Forces, said in a statement.

Currently, there are close to 50,000 homeless veterans all across the United States. The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans says that close to two-thirds of those veterans don't have reliable transportation, which makes this initiative incredibly special. 

"If a veteran is working a night shift or employed in a remote area of a city, public transportation is not always a viable option, and there is limited funding available for alternative transportation," Malachowski added.

Uber will also allow anyone with the app to donate five dollars to the initiative. 

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