A ride-sharing service recently started up a small pilot program for thirty veterans currently living at an apartment complex in Jacksonville, FL that may soon expand across the nation.
The intent of the pilot is to get veterans from Mission Springs apartments to medical appointments in an efficient and timely fashion, said Jeremy Smith, Supportive Services Director for Invest in America’s Veterans Foundation, a Cape Coral-based nonprofit that provides affordable housing and other services for homeless veterans and their families. Mission Springs on Timuquana Road is one of its properties.
The program will offer free access to RelayRIDE, a proprietary technology that automatically assigns transportation referrals through the ride-sharing platform Lyft. Jacksonville-based One Call, a leading provider of specialized health care solutions for the workers’ compensation industry, developed RelayRIDE to help injured workers get to and from medical appointments.
After the pilot is up and running for a few months, the foundation and One Call will ponder whether to “develop a full-blown” version nationwide to help veterans get to medical appointments as well as employment and educational opportunities and other necessary trips, Smith said.
The goal, he said, is to “get veterans where they need to go, on time.” Public transportation is “not always practical” or reliable, he said.
Bernadine Green, a retired Army veteran with 31 years of service and lives in Mission Springs, praised the program.
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