As a part of the UberMILITARY initiative, the ride-share service has announced that to date 50,000 drivers from the military community have signed up to be drivers for the transportation network company. To commemorate the occasion, Uber will be donating $1 million on behalf of its UberMILITARY Advisory Board to organizations supporting veterans and military families.
“I am proud to announce that more than 50,000 members of the military community have signed up as drivers and nearly half have already driven,” stated Emil Michael, Uber SVP of Business. “We’re now focused on getting more folks on the road, and finding ways we can do more for veterans and their families.”
To mark this milestone, Uber is donating $1 million on behalf of its UberMILITARY Advisory Board to organizations that support veterans and military families, including the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) and Homes for our Troops.
Back in September 2014, the company launched UberMILITARY aiming to give servicemembers, veterans, and military spouses an opportunity to earn a flexible income by driving with Uber. The company has crisscrossed the country to hear the stories of servicemembers and veterans who report they want opportunities to make money on their own terms and set their own schedules.
“Uber is thrilled to be able to give more servicemembers and veterans the on-demand work opportunities they’ve been asking for,” continued Michael. “Today we are setting our next goal–helping veterans and people still working in the military take home half a billion dollars by 2020 as we sign up more drivers and get them out on the road.”