Saturday, April 9, 2016

Ken Falke Makes HillVets 100 List and Boulder Crest Retreat Wins Nonprofit of the Year Award

From our friends at the Boulder Crest Retreat...

Boulder Crest Retreat announces Founder and Chairman, Ken Falke on the HillVets 100 list for 2016, and the Retreat is recognized as the Nonprofit of the Year Award for innovation in the mental healthcare area. This is the second annual HillVets 100 event. HillVets chooses from a pool of veterans’ nation wide and 100 people make the distinguished list of those making a significant difference in the lives of our nations veterans.

“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,” explains 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.”

"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,” explained Justin Brown, founder of HillVets. "Choosing just one winner for our Nonprofit of the Year Award was challenging, but we are proud to highlight the work of Boulder Crest Retreat. The issue of mental health is of utmost importance to the veterans’ community, and BCR's innovative approach is a game changer. It's an incredible place doing incredible things for incredible people." 

The 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 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that is funded entirely by private donations by individuals and organizations from around the country. For more information about the retreat, please go to

Former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel serves as Honorary Chair for the HillVets 100 event. 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,” says 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.”

ABOUT HillVets:
HillVets is committed to getting more veterans in important staff positions in our Senate and Congress. To learn more about the HillVets, and to see the 2016 list, visit

Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness is a rural sanctuary that provides free accommodations, recreational and therapeutic activities and programs to help our nation’s military and veteran personnel and their families recover and reconnect during their long journey of healing from physical and invisible wounds of war. The 37-acre retreat is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Bluemont, Virginia, just 50 miles west of Washington, D.C. The Retreat is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is entirely funded through private donations from individuals, foundations and corporations. For more information about Boulder Crest Retreat, please visit