Veterans Programs

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.

UGM VA Per Diem Program has three goals:

1. Increase the veteran’s income potential
2. Establish residential stability
3. Promote self-determination

These goals are achieved through:

  • Crisis stabilization
  • Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Case Management
  • Transportation and clothing assistance
  • Faith based counseling (upon request)

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.”

  • All prospective participants must be approved and referred to the program by the VA North Texas Healthcare System Comprehensive Homeless Center
  • Length of UGM VA Per Diem Program is up to two years
  • UGM VA Per Diem Program offers transitional living and support services
  • All services are given in addition to room and board.

ELIGIBILITY: Single male veterans who were discharged under honorable conditions.

Local information can be obtained by contacting:
Donald Clemons
UGM VA Per Diem Program Manager
214-637-6117, ext.126

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