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Bo Derek Honored by VA for Work with Veterans

Nov. 13, 2003, 08:00:00 AM

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WASHINGTON – Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony J. Principi today presented actress Bo Derek the highest award offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for her tireless efforts on behalf of America’s veterans.

“Through the years, Ms. Derek has freely given her time, voice and commitment to our nation’s heroes," said Principi.  “She reminds us all that freedom is not free but paid for by the sacrifices of our armed forces and their families.”

For several years, Ms. Derek has served as honorary chair of VA’s National Rehabilitation Special Events, improving public awareness of veterans issues, encouraging participants and visiting VA medical centers around the country.  

Ms. Derek also goes on 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, John Derek, were also veterans. 

“I am so overwhelmed and inspired by the courage all veterans show, especially those whom I have met through VA’s special events,” said Ms. Derek.  “As an American, I am reassured by VA’s commitment to take care of our veterans.  It’s truly an honor for me to be part of that mission.”

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