Bo Derek shared her experience getting to know Veterans up close and becoming a chairperson for the events organized for heroes.
“You didn’t have the communication advances we have today. And yet there was that courage. That’s the one message I always try to share whenever I get involved. There’s just so much we don’t do for our heroes.”
Bo Derek in a publicity portrait for the film 'Tarzan, The Ape Man', 1981. | Source: Getty Images
THE START OF HER APPRECIATION FOR VETERANS
In 2001, the “10” star attended an event for 400 disabled veterans to participate in sports and strengthen their overall health and view on life.
Derek was touched after seeing both the veterans and volunteers who were there for a good cause, that she ended up being a chairperson for all National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic events for the next seven years.
According to the actress, “it was an honor” to be among the heroes and know more about their lives and experiences.
Bo Derek and John Derek during "The Field" Premiere - December 12, 1990 at Academy Theater in Beverly Hills, California, United States. | Source: Getty Images
DEDICATING TIME TO VETERANS
The years that followed saw Derek’s projects that honored veterans, and in 2003, she was awarded for her efforts by the Department of Veteran Affairs, by giving their highest possible award.
Derek is an animal lover who supports organizations raising awareness on wildlife trafficking.
Derek also received the Communicator of the Year Award from the National Association of Government Communicators and the VA Secretary’s Award.
UP CLOSE WITH THE HEROES
Together with her partner, John Corbett, the actress supported the American Hometown Heroes Initiative to help veterans land a job after their service. She shared:
“I remembered there was a side project going on with the Library of Congress of getting these veterans to tell their stories, their war stories. I sat in as many as I could.”
Derek has been blessed with a successful career, starring in films like “Bolero,” “Ghosts Can’t Do It,” and “Tommy Boy,” which is why she chooses to give back to the community.
Bo Derek visits SiriusXM Studios on February 6, 2019 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images
DEREK IN RECENT MONTHS
She recently posted a photo of herself with her dog, still looking young and beautiful. The actress promoted her pet care shampoos, which allowed her dog to smell good and stat on furniture.
Derek is an animal lover who supports organizations raising awareness on wildlife trafficking. Her pup shampoo line also helps retired military dogs.