Actress Bo Derek Honored for Work on Behalf of Veterans

January 15, 2009

Peake: “A Bright Example of Volunteerism”

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. James B. Peake today honored actress Bo Derek for her work to increase public awareness of the rehabilitative programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

“Ms. Derek has worked tirelessly to shine the public spotlight on veterans, especially those who have been severely injured while serving this nation,” Peake said. “She has been a good friend of veterans and a bright example of dedicated volunteerism.”

Since 2000, Ms. Derek has been the honorary chair of VA’s National Rehabilitation Special Events, improving public understanding of veterans issues, encouraging veterans to take advantage of VA’s rehabilitative programs and visiting VA medical centers around the country.

“I am deeply humbled and honored to serve as the Honorary Chair of VA’s National Rehabilitation Special Events,” Ms. Derek said. “I have met so many amazing veterans who have sacrificed so much on our behalf. They are truly among our nation’s finest citizens, and it is a privilege to stand by their side.”

Ms. Derek has also taken part in USO tours to support troops and works with the Special Forces Association, which named her an honorary Green Beret.

Ms. Derek’s father, Paul Collins, was a radio operator during the Korean War, and both her stepfather and her late husband, actor John Derek, were also veterans.

SOURCE U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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