Derek Weida

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Birthday
20, 1985
Birthplace
Minnesota
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
20, 1985 (age 32)
Birthplace
Minnesota

About

Army veteran turned bodybuilder known for his advocacy of other military members suffering from depression. Crediting exercise with helping him out of a dark period after his forced military retirement, he co-founded The Next Objective to help other veterans access and afford fitness tools.

Before Fame

An army paratrooper who had dreams of being a career military member, he was shot through the right knee in Baghdad in 2007. Although doctors initially thought he would be able to return to active service, he was eventually medically retired.

Trivia

He eventually had his right leg amputated above the knee in 2011 and replaced with a prosthetic. He has more than 500,000 followers on Instagram.

Family Life

He grew up in Minnesota, where he returned after retiring from active duty.

Associated With

The value of fitness and strength for veterans has been epitomized in the Invictus Games, which were created by British military veteran Prince Harry.