Boot Campaign to Partner with Boulder Crest Retreat to Help Provide Wellness and Recovery Programs for Wounded Warriors

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Boot Campaign to Sponsor the Archery Range at the New Rural Retreat for Wounded Warriors in Bluemont, Va.

Boulder Crest Retreat & Boot Campaign

The Boot Campaign, a Texas-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is partnering with Boulder Crest Retreat, a privately funded rural sanctuary being built in Bluemont, Va., to provide wellness programs for seriously injured military personnel and their families. The Boot Campaign begins this new partnership with a $25,000 donation to sponsor the retreat’s archery range. Boot Campaign representatives will be visiting the retreat on Wednesday, Feb. 20 for the formal check presentation.

“The archery range is just the first phase of our relationship with Boulder Crest Retreat,” said Gwen Lammers, Director of Operations and Programs for the Boot Campaign. “We are dedicated to a long-lasting relationship with Boulder Crest Retreat and have plans to financially support other wellness programs and activities at the facility for our wounded military and their families.”

The archery range is being specifically designed to be ADA-accessible and will feature a covered facility with block and 3-D target archery and six dedicated lanes. Currently under construction and set to open this September, Boulder Crest Retreat is a rural sanctuary near Washington, D.C., for wounded warriors and their families to reconnect and recuperate as they go through the long recovery process from physical and mental injuries and trauma.

“I am very grateful for the Boot Campaign’s donation and commitment to Boulder Crest Retreat,” said Ken Falke, founder of Boulder Crest Retreat and a retired U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician. “We look forward to working with the Boot Campaign to support our nation’s wounded warriors and their families.”

Once completed, Boulder Crest Retreat will host between 250-500 families per year providing free, ADA-accessible accommodations, recreational activities and wellness programs in a scenic and peaceful environment. The retreat is privately funded and has capital campaign to raise $10 million. While the retreat has crossed the halfway fundraising milestone, an additional $5 million still needs to be raised and support is very much needed.

For more information about Boulder Crest Retreat, or to make a donation, please visit

About Boot Campaign
The Boot Campaign is a national 501(c)(3) patriotic movement that is dedicated to showing tangible appreciation of our active military, raising awareness of the challenges they face upon return and supporting their transition home. Through the sale of its signature military combat boots, general public donations, and corporate sponsorship, the Boot Campaign operates five distinct programs -- Jobs, Housing, Family Support, Urgent Assistance and Wellness-- that are caring for military personnel, past and present, healing from a variety of physical and emotional combat wounds, embodying the campaign motto that, “When They Come Back, We Give Back”.

About Boulder Crest Retreat
Located just 50 miles outside of Washington, D.C., in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Bluemont, Va., Boulder Crest Retreat is a rural sanctuary for wounded military warriors and their families to enjoy non-clinical, recreational therapeutic activities aimed at assisting with their physical, mental and spiritual recovery. Currently under construction, the retreat is slated for opening in September 2013. Founded by Ken Falke, a retired U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician, the Retreat is being developed on 37 acres of donated land, with funding and volunteer contributions coming from local and national corporations, non-profit organizations and private citizens. For more information about Boulder Crest Retreat, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, or to make a tax deductable donation, please visit


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