I like that Uber is focusing on our service men and women, as well as their families. More companies need to do this.
Uber announced on Thursday that over 10,000 members of the military community have signed up as drivers since last fall.
The popular on-demand car service launched a program in September dubbed UberMILITARY to enlist 50,000 service members, veterans and military spouses as drivers by early 2016. One of the goals of the campaign was to “empower them as entrepreneurs and small business owners,” the company said in a blog post at the time. Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates also signed on as chairman of UberMILITARY’s advisory board.
To date, Uber reports 10,000 drivers with military backgrounds have earned $18 million. That figure includes Kia Thomas Hamel, a 40-year-old U.S. Navy veteran whose husband is currently stationed at the Pentagon. Hamel has been an Uber X driver from UberMILITARY’s inception, transporting riders around Washington, DC roughly 20 hours a week when she isn’t looking after her two young children.
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