The Retreat opened its doors on September 6, 2013, and is the first private wellness center in the country serving active-duty, reserve and National Guard personnel, veterans, and their family members. In its first 20 months of operation, The Boulder Crest Retreat has hosted more than 1000 guests for a combination of structured therapeutic retreat programs and family rest and reconnection (R&R) stays. These family stays and retreat programs facilitate delivery of combat-related stress recovery programs to the population(s) we serve, free of charge.
Boulder Crest Retreat is the vision of Ken Falke and his wife Julia. Ken was seriously wounded in 1989 while serving as a U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician and Master Chief Petty Officer. Ken is a 21-year combat Service-Disabled Veteran and the Founder and Chairman of the EOD Warrior Foundation. While visiting many of the wounded EOD warriors and their families since the start of the wars in the Middle East, the Falkes witnessed firsthand the desolation and frustration they experienced while spending time in inpatient and long-term care outpatient units in the Washington, D.C. area.
Ken and Julia began their warrior care work by bringing wounded EOD warriors and their families for meals and short stays at their home. This support of their fellow warriors inspired the Falkes to make a lasting and sustained commitment with the building of Boulder Crest Retreat – which included the donation of 37 acres of their property as well as a substantial initial contribution to establish Boulder Crest Retreat Foundation. The Retreat was incorporated in July 2010 and received is 501(c)(3) certification in February 2011. Boulder Crest is open to all combat veterans and their family members, including Gold Star families.
The Falkes’ philanthropic vision is based on the belief that there is a critical need to help service members and their families, especially those dealing with long-term issues like severe physical injuries, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS). This vision includes access to a retreat facility focused solely on military and veteran issues. The Retreat is a place where they can come to relax, feel at home, reconnect with their families, and nurture the healing process. It also encompasses a wide range of services to support the entire family in becoming whole again as well as becoming contributing members of the communities they will return to.