, a privately funded rural sanctuary for combat veterans in Bluemont, Virginia, has announced a $10 million gift from the in support of an expansion of its facilities.
The largest donation to date to the Boulder Crest Retreat Foundation, which operates the sanctuary, will enable it to double the number of individuals served at its Virginia facility and open a second retreat at a newly remodeled 130-acre ranch in Sonoita, Arizona. The organization provides combat veterans and their families with free strength-based healing and "recharging" programs based on the science of post-traumatic growth (PTG).
The Boulder Crest organization estimates that some 2.1 million combat veterans and family members are struggling with combat-related stress, but that only 50 percent are willing to seek help from the mental health system. The program offered by the organization represent a non-clinical approach with the potential, based on a longitudinal study currently under way, of being a scalable solution for PTSD and combat-related stress.
The Clark Foundation, previously known as the Clark Charitable Foundation, made a gift of $250,000 in 2013 to build the first of four log cabins in Bluemont and a second gift of $1.25 million in 2014 for construction of the A. James Clark Lodge.
"We are humbled beyond words and honored by the decision of the A. James and Alice B. Clark Foundation directors. The Clarks are true patriots and philanthropists — I personally know their passion for serving our nation's military," said Ken Falke, chairman and founder of Boulder Crest Retreat. "This gift will change the lives of tens of thousands of military and veteran family members, and allow them to live the great lives they deserve."