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Uber and Lyft team up with The White House to offer free journeys to veterans

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 11/11/2015 | 14:57

Uber is one of the largest employers of US military veterans in the US
Uber is one of the largest employers of US military veterans in the US
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The White House have announced that Uber and Lyft are joining forces to offer "tens of thousands" of free rides to veterans who need transportation to seek work.

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They both transportation network companies who connect passengers who need a lift with drivers who have a car.

Uber have pledged to donate 10,000 journeys worth around $125,000 (€   ) while Lyft said that it's giving away "thousands of rides" for free.

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The White House emphasised that the lifts will be especially beneficial to the estimated 50,000 homeless veterans, most of whom don't have access to transportation.

In addition, Uber will offer customers a chance to donate $5 (€ ) which it will use to offer additional free journeys for veterans.

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According to the "Joining Forces" program lead by Michelle Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden, the PenFed Foundation will offer funding to veterans who have lost their jobs and need emergency funding.

Uber is one of the largest employers of US military veterans thanks to its UberMILITARY program, which has provided driving jobs for up 40,000 veterans.

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