In February 2009, the Union Gospel Mission became a recipient of the Veteran’s Administration Per Diem Program. Through this program, administered by the Dallas VA, veterans who are “formerly homeless or in danger of becoming homeless” are sent to the Mission to live in a transitional living environment for up to two years. UGM is approved to have up to 40 individuals living here at any one time. Since the beginning of the program, there has been between 34-40 veterans living at the Mission at all times.
1. Increase the veteran’s income potential
2. Establish residential stability
3. Promote self-determination
These goals are achieved through:
Michael Bratcher, the first veteran to enter this program says: “I am humbled, appreciative and grateful. My service was during Vietnam when many people, including some of our own family members, opposed the war. When we returned, many of us were alone at the airports. To now be viewed in a positive light is gratifying. We thank those who appreciate our service, because the price of freedom is always high.”
ELIGIBILITY: Single male veterans who were discharged under honorable conditions.