Justin Brown, founder of HillVets (left), and Ken Falke of Boulder Crest Retreat in Bluemont. Contributed photo.
Ken Falke, Founder and Chairman of Boulder Crest Retreat in Bluemont, has been placed on the HillVets 100 list for 2016, and Boulder Crest Retreat is recognized with the Nonprofit of the Year Award for innovation in the mental healthcare area. This is the second annual HillVets 100 event, in which the organization chooses 100 distinguished people from a pool of veterans nationwide to make the distinguished list of those making a significant difference in the lives of our nation's veterans.
In the fall of 2015, HillVets requested nominations for the second annual HillVets 100 award. The HillVets 100 highlights the most influential and impactful veterans, service members and supporters from 2015.
"I am personally honored and humbled to make this very prestigious list and more honored by the selection of the Retreat as the best nonprofit of the year," said Ken Falke, chairman and founder of the Boulder Crest Retreat. "Our mission is to change the way our country deals with veterans with combat stress and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and I know our PATHH program is leading this change."
Justin Brown, founder of HillVets, said, “When the HillVets 100 selection committee looked at which nonprofits are making the biggest impact for veterans, Ken Falke and Boulder Crest Retreat jumped out right away. As the nation's first privately-funded rural wellness center dedicated exclusively to our nation's combat veterans and their families, BCR’s impact is undeniable." Brown said choosing just one winner for the organization's Nonprofit of the Year Award was challenging, and HillVets are proud to highlight the work of Boulder Crest Retreat. The issue of mental health is of utmost importance to the veteran's community, and BCR’s innovative approach is a game changer. It’s an incredible place doing incredible things for incredible people," he continued.
Boulder Crest Retreat welcomes combat veterans who are active-duty, reserve and National Guard, veterans, family members and caregivers, and Gold Star Families. Boulder Crest Retreat is a nonprofit organization that is funded entirely by private donations from individuals and organizations from around the country. Former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel serves as Honorary Chair for the HillVets 100 event that took place March 22. He is also a Boulder Crest Retreat Honorary Board member.
"As an Honorary Board member of Boulder Crest Retreat, I am continually impressed by their innovative and strength-based approach to the combat stress recovery process," said former Secretary Hagel. The recognition from HillVets is well deserved and reflects an understanding that our nation's combat veterans possess unique skills and abilities desperately needed here at home."