Problems And Solutions
According to The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, there are over 50,000 homeless veterans in The United States. Of that number, two-thirds are living without access to a reliable source of transportation.
This lack of mobility is a huge contributing factor to the epidemic of veteran unemployment in the United States.
“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 said to MilitaryTimes.com.
Malachowski is the executive director of The White House’s Joining Forces initiative. This initiative is a fusion between government and the private sector where corporations step in to fill gaps that the government cannot when it comes to caring for veterans.
Hey Soldier Could You Use A Lyft?
The latest corporate partners to add their support to the Joining Forces Initiative are Uber and Lyft. The mobile ride-sharing platforms are offering free rides for soldiers to use to get themselves to work, job interviews, or other vital destinations.
“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 said concerning the value of this new promotion.
In addition to these free rides, Uber is also going offer its customers the chance to make $5 donations on Veterans Day that will keep the free rides going even after the official promotion ends.
The best solutions are often the simplest and it is typically better to meet one real need than establish a dozen unnecessary government programs. These Uber and Lyft promotions are meeting a real need and hopefully they will inspire other private entities to get involved and lend their own unique support to our men and women in uniform.
They deserve nothing less.
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