8. Post Traumatic Growth: How You Can Thrive After Trauma with Ken Falke
Welcome back to Warriors Unmasked! Today is going to be a good one. We are excited to introduce you to our guest and good friend Ken Falke. A 21-year veteran of the U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) community and retired Master Chief Petty Officer. He has founded two for-profit and two nonprofit companies, and is an award-winning business owner as well as an author of the book “Struggle Well”. Ken has a passion for taking care of his fellow combat veterans and their family members and spends the majority of his time educating the public and private sectors on the issues surrounding the long-term care of our returning military personnel and their families from the last 19-years of war. We honor Ken not only for the incredible service he has done for North America but also for all that he has accomplished afterward. Looking at his list of accomplishments would be daunting for anyone but for those who have experienced trauma or deal with PTSD and anxiety it may seem downright impossible. The leading cause for veterans and first responders is death by suicide, learn how Ken battles this statistic every day with his program Boulder Crest, and partners around the country to help warriors heal from the service they have provided. Find encouragement as Ken talks about how it’s possible to not only live after trauma but to THRIVE. Whether you are someone who has gone through service related trauma, you know someone who has, or you just have had a different trauma of your own, we hope this episode will give you the courage to reach out for help or check out the resources below. It is never too late to grow, and we KNOW that you can do it too. Always in your corner, - Chuck and Clint More of What We Talk About: The silent killer of military and first responders The company that changed Ken’s life How Boulder Crest started The importance of PTG (Post Traumatic Growth) The future of Boulder Crest How to partner with Boulder Crest How “Struggle Well” came to be How the Boulder Crest program was adapted for civilians And much more! GUEST LINKS: bouldercrest.org "Struggle Well" Book Boulder Crest Foundation Facebook LINKS: malarchuk.com/book malarchuk.com www.thecompassionateconnection.com www.warriorsunmasked.com Follow us on Instagram Like us on Facebook Episode Minute By Minute: 0:02 What to expect today 1:11 Meet Ken Falke 2:17 What really happens when you dismantle a bomb 7:19 How Ken got into the military 12:02 Life after the military 15:51 Kens entrepreneurial journey 23:00 How Ken’s outreach has expanded 31:06 How Ken plans to serve more people 36:15 How to donate 39:24 Who Ken’s book is written for
Ken Falke is a 21-year combat veteran of the U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) community and retired Master Chief Petty Officer. Ken is highly respected around the world as an innovative and forward-thinking leader on the subjects of wounded warrior care, military and veteran transition, counterterrorism, military training, and innovative technology development. Ken’s passion is taking care of his fellow combat veterans and their family members, and he is chairman and founder of Boulder Crest, an organization focused on the teachings of posttraumatic growth, and the EOD Warrior Foundation. Ken spends the majority of his time educating the public and private sectors on the issues surrounding the long-term care of our returning military personnel and their families from the last 16 years of war. Ken is a serial entrepreneur. He was the Founder and CEO of A-T Solutions, which is a recognized international expert and valuable global asset in combating the war on terrorism. At the forefront of providing training and consulting services in the Anti- and Counter-Terrorism industry, A-T Solutions was named four consecutive years to the Annual Inc. 500 fastest-growing privately held companies in the U.S. Also recognized in Entrepreneur Magazines’ Hot 500 List, the Washington Technology “Fast 50”, Smart CEO’s “Future 50”, and the winner of the very prestigious Greater Washington Area Government Contractor Award in the category of companies $75M-$100M. In 2010, Ken was named as the Entrepreneur of the Year for the Fredericksburg, Virginia Regional Chamber of Commerce and selected as a finalist in the prestigious Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year program. Ken also founded Shoulder 2 Shoulder, Inc. a multimedia technology company and prior to selling his share of the company, he served as the CEO for six years. In This Particular Episode You Will Learn: Ken's background and military experience The EOD Warrior Foundation Beginning of Boulder Crest Retreat Posttraumatic Growth Outcomes of PTG: New opportunities Increased sense of personal strength Change in relationships Sense of a greater appreciation for life Deepening of spiritual life Developing PTG: Education Disclosure Creating the new story Service to others The Struggle Well book --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/changeyourpov/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/changeyourpov/support
Ken Falke and Josh Goldberg – Challenging Mental Health Systems, Climbing the Wrong Ladder, and How You Can Thrive After Trauma
The Zen Veteran Podcast
Hello everyone, welcome to Episode #29 of the “Spotlight Podcast: Success Stories for Veterans” where it is our job to breakdown and analyze Titans in both the military and civilian communities to discover their tactics, mindset, and systems so that you can apply them to your life, and your transition. Those titans range from NYT best-selling authors to former heads of state, to other divergent thinkers who dominate their field by challenging conventional wisdom. Today we are interviewing Ken Falke and Josh Goldberg. I discovered Ken and Josh through their incredible book Struggle Well: Thriving in the Aftermath of Trauma. Ken, after leaving his bomb disposal unit in the Navy, became a serial entrepreneur and is now the Chairman at the Boulder Crest Foundation. Josh, on the other hand, comes from the civilian world. After 10 years spent climbing to the top of the corporate ladder, Josh knew he needed to make a change. Josh is now the Executive Director of Boulder Crest Foundation and doing work he wants to continue for the rest of his life. Both Ken and Josh spend their time working on the Warrior PATHH program to take it nationwide while continuing to develop the Struggle Well Online Training Program. So how do Ken and Josh do it? Listen and find out.
How To Embrace Struggle And Thrive In The Aftermath Of Trauma – Ken Falke (Ep. 302)
Elite Man Podcast
Ken Falke, 21-year combat veteran of the U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) community, retired Master Chief Petty Officer, and best-selling author of Struggle Well: Thriving in the Aftermath of Trauma, joins our show in this special episode of the Elite Man Podcast! In today’s episode Ken talks about how to overcome struggle in life and thrive after enduring hardship or trauma. He discusses his life as a bomb disposal specialist and his 21 years in the Navy and what this taught him about stress and managing setbacks. Ken talks about overcoming shame, grief, loss, stress, depression, PTSD, and much more. If you’re wondering how to get past struggle and thrive in the aftermath of adversity, check this episode out now! *Download this episode now and subscribe to our channel to get more of these amazing interviews! In our episode we go over: • What it was like being a bomb disposal specialist in the Navy • The failures of the medical health industry, specifically with regard to mental health • The training Ken went through as a bomb specialist and how he was taught how to control his emotions and deal with stress • What made Ken want to help veterans with their mental health issues • The fact that 125 Americans take their lives every day (45,000/year) and that 22 of them are suicides by a veteran (8,000) • Stopping the epidemic of suicides • How Ken has helped people who’ve lost limbs and are now amputees (devastating physical loss) • The changes in personality that many veterans face because of mental illness and PTSD • Why medication alone is never the solution • Getting used to and accepting your circumstances even if they seem dire or horrible • What post traumatic growth is and how Ken helps others get it • The fact that just about everyone breaks under torture • Getting past your breakdown and your shame • The power of letting go of your shame and past trauma • The toughest prison cell man can endure (the space between the ears) • Talk therapy and its importance when treating trauma • The science behind post traumatic growth • Living in the present moment • Understanding your past without dwelling on it • The importance of physical activity to help overcome mental woes • Mind, body, financial, and spiritual health Check out Ken on: Website: strugglewell.com Twitter: twitter.com/kenstrugglewell Book: Struggle Well Sponsors: * Follow Justin on Instagram now for daily content not found anywhere else! *Check out Justin’s new book ELITE MIND at EliteMindBook.com. *Join our email list at EliteManMagazine.com/newsletter now!
Ken Falke: Struggle Well, The Journey to Post Traumatic GROWTH
Ken Falke is a 21-year combat veteran of the U.S. Navy. He is the founder and CEO of Boulder Crest, an organization that focuses on helping veterans overcome their trauma and struggles. Boulder Crest focuses on teaching PTG (Post Traumatic Growth), and his program has helped thousands of veterans. Additionally, he is the author of Struggle Well, a self-help book that teaches on how to embrace one's struggles and live an abundant life. Kate and I had the honor of conversing with Mr. Falke, and we gained so much knowledge. Thank you for your service Mr. Falke! More About Boulder Crest: https://bouldercrest.org/bouldercrestmissiongclid=CjwKCAjw5p_8BRBUEiwAPpJO64kkn7VBfvHlmoGXRtS5IDlEfw8Qtoj4mCWUnB1IZkaym164FdhX6hoCtpwQAvD_BwE Struggle Well: https://www.amazon.com/Struggle-Well-Thriving-Aftermath-Trauma-ebook/dp/B07BC59JMK Stay connected with Ken: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ken-falke-58992036/ --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Ep #10 - Behind the Warrior - Ken Falke - Founder, Boulder Crest Foundation
Behind the Warrior
Sherri and Ken had a great conversation and covered many subjects. They talked about a his Naval career, Entrepreneurship, Philanthropy and more. We discussed the importance of setting goals, how he defines success, the history of Boulder Crest Foundation, and the implementation of PATHH (Progressive Alternative Training for Healing Heroes. Ken gives some solid advice to new EOD techs, and those transitioning into civilian life. Enjoy! www.bouldercrest.orgwww.eodwarriorfoundation.orgBooks: Struggle Well, authors Ken Falke & Josh Goldberg Transformed by Trauma: Stories of Post-traumatic Growth, authors Richard Tedeschi, PhD, Bret A Moore, PsyD, with Ken Falke & Josh Goldberg Support the show (http://weblink.donorperfect.com/BehindTheWarrior)
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Our guest this week is Ken Falke: Ken is a veteran who spent 21 years in the US Navy as a bomb disposal specialist and author of Struggle Well: Thriving in the Aftermath of Trauma, is also the founder of Boulder Crest Institute, the nation’s first privately funded wellness center dedicated exclusively to combat veterans and their families. Ken is now helping veterans and civilians alike who are suffering from PTSD --- in other words, numerous challenges that can be given one of many different names, such as anxiety, depression, addiction, even cancer a car accident or the like. After retiring from the Navy in 2002, Ken started and later sold A-T Solutions, a counter-terrorism company. In 2004, Ken founded the EOD Warrior Foundation to support the families of severely wounded military bomb disposal personnel. This work inspired Ken and his family to donate 37 acres of their estate in Bluemont, Virginia and millions of dollars to build Boulder Crest Retreat Virginia in 2013 – the nation’s first privately funded wellness center dedicated exclusively to combat veterans and their families— and go on to establish Boulder Crest Retreat Arizona and the Boulder Crest Institute in 2017.
Ken Falke talks finding hope after trauma with Howard & Chad Myers
Struggle Well Podcast
Don't miss this inspiring podcast with Ken Falke and Vietnam veteran Howard Myers, and his son, Chad Myers, on their story of thriving after trauma. Howard not only recovered from his Vietnam War wounds that blinded him, but he was able to create a positive mindset despite his hardships and tells his journey on this episode of the StruggleWell Podcast. To read their book click here https://www.amazon.com/Blind-Vision-Veterans-Trauma-Triumph/dp/1939237572To find our more go to www.blindvisionassociates.com
On our final episode of the season, we talk with Navy veteran Ken Falke. Ken Falke is a retired Navy EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) technician. They’re the ones who diffuse bombs, mines, shells, and missiles. They spend a lot of time in highly technical tedious training. Ken Falke spent 18 years disarming explosives throughout Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and other hotspots around the world, before returning home and starting a company that trains soldiers for the same specialty. Tune into our conversation with Ken about his experience as an EOD and how veterans can turn their experiences of trauma into opportunities for growth.
Ken Falke: Chairman and Founder of Boulder Crest Foundation
Boulder Crest Foundation is located right here in Loudoun County. They are a leader in the field of posttraumatic growth for combat veterans, first responders and their families. Ken Falke is the Chairman and Founder of Boulder Crest and has a unique story of starting this charity with such a crucial mission.