Boulder Crest Retreat Virginia opened its doors on September 6, 2013, as the nation's first private wellness center in the country serving active-duty, reserve and National Guard personnel, veterans, and their family members. After 3.5 years of success, and in recognition of considerable demand for our programs and services, we acquired Boulder Crest Retreat Arizona in May 2017.
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.
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 Disorder (PTSD). This vision includes access to privately-funded wellness programs.