The Darby Charles Black Memorial Fund

Providing support for combat veterans suffering from life threatening PTSD, in need of a peaceful retreat.

My name is Dave Black, and I have a personal story I need to share with you .

On February 15th, 2015, my son, Army Staff Sergeant Darby Charles Black took his own life. He was a combat veteran suffering from PTSD, and he is too far from alone. Suicide is the leading cause of death in veterans, and in some recent years, has taken more lives than combat among active duty personnel.

I can’t help but wonder if Darby and others could have found a more peaceful and alternate path in life, if they had been afforded some special time to retreat from everything else the world imposed upon them.

The Darby Charles Black Memorial Fund provides such retreats to our combat veterans in need, suffering from life threatening PTSD. With direct financial support from Darby's fund for travel and expenses, and 3% of profits from our waterfall rappelling experience in the form of free nights for retreats, we can do a lot of good together by experiencing and sharing what we love.

If you need help right now, call the Veteran's Crisis Hotline at 800-273-8255 or visit