Behind the Wheel with Rickie, uberX Driver-Partner and U.S. Marines Veteran
When retired U.S. Marine Corp Rickie Lucas left service in 1971, he returned to the U.S. with a valuable life lesson: “The Marines taught me mind over matter,” Rickie says. “Stay motivated. Keep your sense of direction. Keep your focus. Make a path for yourself and do it.”
Before being honorably discharged, Rickie, a native New Jersey resident from Hackensack, had served in a number of roles while in the Marines. His tour of duty brought him to many remote destinations including the Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan.
“I was very fortunate. I have had the opportunity to visit countries that most US citizens would never get to visit.”
A year into his service, Rickie became a Battalion Commander Driver while stationed in Okinawa. He spent the rest of his time in the Marines driving military jeeps or 5-ton tractor trailers on various assignments throughout the Pacific.
Today, Rickie is once again at work behind the wheel. However, this time—as a proud grandfather and retiree—he’s calling the shots.
After winding down a long and storied career, including his most recent job as a retail store manager, Rickie describes himself as “semiretired,” driving full-time with Uber.
“Today, I have the opportunity to do things I need to do, help my family, and even go on vacation when I want to make the time.”
Driving has allowed Rickie to focus on the things that matter most to him—like being able to pick up his 5-year-old grandson from his school in Elmwood Park several times a week. In June, Rickie used his earnings from driving to attend his son’s wedding in California with his grandson and extended family.
Rickie is one of nearly 1,000 veterans driving with Uber in New Jersey. Collectively, veterans have completed more than 300,000 trips in New Jersey—and that number continues to grow.
This figure doesn’t surprise Rickie, who has been vocal in encouraging other veterans in New Jersey to consider driving with Uber as a source of income. “In the state of New Jersey, driving with Uber is a good opportunity for veterans,” Rickie says. “If veterans are looking for a job and they’re having a hard time, this can be a great avenue for them.”
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