WHY WE RIDE
Boulder Crest Retreat
The Valley VFW Post’s created this signature project to challenge the members of the 12 posts in the Shenandoah Valley to work as a team reaching a younger group of veterans and to support the critical mission of Boulder Crest Retreat. Below in Boulder Crest's own words are their mission, vision, and beliefs. We are proud to host this ride to raise funds for BCR. To date, the ride has proudly donated $121,500 to BCR.
Why We Exist
We exist to solve the mental health crisis and to heal our military members, veterans, emergency responders and their families dealing with PTSD and combat-related stress, so they can live productive, fulfilling, and service-oriented lives at home.
To provide free, world class, short-duration, high-impact retreats for combat veterans and their families.
To revolutionize a strength based model of healing, founded on Post-Traumatic Growth, that integrates evidence-based therapies, a safe, peaceful space, world-class experts, and unparalleled customer service to improve the physical, emotional, spiritual, and economic
wellbeing of our nation’s combat veterans and their families.
The Problems We Are Solving
In the aftermath of 19-years of war, more than 900,000 combat veterans, and 1.8 million family members, are battling the invisible wounds of war. The current mental health system, with its reliance on a one-size-fits-all approach of pharmaceuticals and talk therapy, has proven ineffective and ill-equipped to address the nature and scale of the challenges facing combat veterans and their families. These service members, veterans and family members deserve and require strength and growth-based training so they can bring their unique set of skills, experiences, and strengths to bear here at home.
What We Believe
We believe that a privately-funded model is the only way to generate the innovation, flexibility, and individualized care required to solve this problem. We believe that combat veterans are the strongest among us, and that they only require training to thrive at home. We believe that times of struggle can serve as the fuel for transformation and growth.
We believe combat-related stress is contagious, therefore, to heal combat veterans, you must focus on the entire family.
We believe that a calm, rural setting is a key component of the healing process.
We believe that strong, capable, and trained military mentors, working hand-in-hand with therapists and training experts, are the key to fostering an environment of trust, openness, and safety.
We believe that life is full of ups and downs. Successfully dealing with struggle requires mentors, strong support networks, and wellness practices.
We believe that a comprehensive wellness model encompasses Mind, Body, Spirit, and Financial elements.
We believe that those best equipped to train others to achieve posttraumatic growth are those who have experienced posttraumatic growth in their own lives.