American Patriots Unsung Magazine Issue 6 - Page 64

64 “Trauma is an extremely complex enemy that becomes more dangerous over time – often the initial wound is far less damaging than the subsequent injuries that follow,” complex enemy that becomes more dangerous over time – often the initial wound is far less damaging than the subsequent injuries that follow,” offered Mr. Falke. In an effort to redefine trauma treatment for veterans, Mr. and Mrs. Falke established a 501c3 non-profit and donated 37 acres of their property to establish Boulder Crest Retreat Virginia. This campus became the first privately-funded PTSD trauma treatment facility for veterans, active duty Technician (bomb disposal), and a successful businessman who was moved by seeing his fellow warriors come home from war severely wounded. Ken retired from the Navy in 2002 and spent the early years of the war visiting his fellow EOD warriors recovering from severe wounds in the Washington DC military hospitals. Ken and Julia often hosted these same warriors in their rural Bluemont, Virginia home and found that offering warriors and their families time in a serene setting had tremendous emotional benefits. The Falke’s came to understand that the emotional, spiritual, and mental wounds of war were far more damaging than the physical ones. “Trauma is an extremely 65 JAY DOBYNS