Former Prisoner of War Joins Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Honorary Advisory Board

U.S. Navy Captain (retired), Charlie Plumb Joins Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness Honorary Advisory Board

Captain Charlie Plumb

Captain Charlie Plumb

Press Release – BLUEMONT, Virginia – (November 2, 2016) – Boulder Crest Retreat for Military Veteran Wellness announces that Captain Charlie Plumb, U.S. Navy (retired), joins their honorary advisory board. Captain Plumb graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland and went on to fly the F-4 Phantom jet on 74 successful combat missions over Vietnam. On his 75th mission, with only five days before he was to return home, Captain Plumb was shot down, captured, tortured, and imprisoned in an 8 x 8 foot cell, where he spent the next 2,103 days as a prisoner of war.

“I am honored by the involvement of our Honorary Advisory Board and the addition of Captain Plumb,” says Ken Falke, chairman and founder of Boulder Crest Retreat. “Captain Plumb is the epitome of a warrior that exhibits posttraumatic growth and will be very helpful to our team as we continue to innovate and refine our Warrior PATHH program(s). I cannot think of better experience to be able to draw from and it makes me very happy to add Captain Plumb to our very prestigious honorary board.”

During his nearly six years of captivity, Plumb distinguished himself among his fellow prisoners as a professional in underground communications, and served for two of those years as the chaplain in his camp. His military honors include a Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts, and the P.O.W. Medal.

“Approximately 30 percent of both Vietnam and today’s generation of veterans have PTSD. About four percent of prisoners of war exhibit PTSD symptoms. My reflections on these statistics are that the leadership in our POW camps allowed for deep self-reflection and growth upon our returns home,” added Plumb. “Maybe it is leadership we are missing in PTSD care versus therapy. The posttraumatic growth approach at Boulder Crest Retreat is exactly the kind of innovation we need to help heal our combat veterans, and I look forward to adding value to the great work done by Ken and his team.”

Captain Plumb joins the Honorary Advisory board next to: former Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, former Secretary of the Navy, John Lehman, former Secretary of the Air Force, Michael Wynne, two former Chairman’s of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General (retired) Henry ‘Hugh’ Shelton, USA, General (retired) Peter Pace, USMC, Admiral (retired) William Fallon, USN, General (retired) Norton Schwartz, former NFL star and Vietnam veteran, Rocky Bleier and Medal of Honor recipient and Master Sergeant (ret) Leroy Petry.


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
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