Ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft are teaming up with the White House to make life a little easier for homeless and at-risk veterans.

Starting next year, veterans in metropolitan areas across the country will be able to get free rides on the services to work, job interviews or for other critical needs.

The announcement came from the Joining Forces initiative -- headed by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden -- whose purpose is to help veterans reintegrate into local communities.

It was published on the White House blog. Executive Director Col. Nicole Malachowski wrote:

“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. 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. Today, the First Lady and Joining Forces would like to thank ride hailing companies Uber and Lyft for stepping up to help address this problem."

Uber said it will contribute at least 10,000 rides, while a Lyft spokesman mentioned "donating thousands of rides."

Employment counselors with the Department of Labor will administer the rides.

In addition, Uber has announced it will allow customers to donate $5 toward additional rides for veterans on Veterans Day via the company's app.

More information on the free rides will be available on the Department of Labor website, and on the Uber and Lyft websites.


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