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.
According to Hamel, the wages she gets being an Uber X driver not only pays some of the bills but also covers the law school prep course she had been eying. Becoming a driver, Hamel told Mashable, helped veterans like herself quickly join the workforce “instead of jumping through all the hoops of getting out the resume.”