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Ron Kovic served two tours of duty as a U.S. Marine in the Vietnam War and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. In combat on Jan. 20,...

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Fighting for Peace on ‘Hurricane Street’


This impassioned, timely memoir about the American Veterans Movement picks up where author Ron Kovic’s “Born on the Fourth of July” left off.

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Reflections on the Vietnam War: The Things a Warrior Knows


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This Memorial Day weekend, Truthdig republishes one of Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic’s reflections on the awful truth about war.

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Reflections on the Vietnam War: The Things a Warrior Knows


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There is nothing in the lives of human beings more brutal and terrifying than war, and nothing more important than for those of us who have experienced it to share its awful truth.

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In the Presence of My Enemy: A Reflection on War and Forgiveness


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As this, the 43rd anniversary of my wounding in Vietnam approaches, and I once again try to find meaning in that day and the days which were to follow, my thoughts return to the northern bank of the Cua Viet River on Jan. 20, 1968. It is a day that will change my life forever.

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Raise Your Voices, Protest, Stop These Wars


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As a former United States Marine Corps infantry sergeant who was shot and paralyzed from the mid-chest down on Jan. 20, 1968, during my second tour of duty in Vietnam, and as someone who has lived with the wounds of that war for over 40 years, I am writing this letter to ask you to join me as we begin a critical new phase in the growing anti-war movement.

Posted on Dec 31, 2010 READ MORE

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Stopping the War Machine: Military Recruiters Must Be Confronted

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As a former United States Marine Corps sergeant who was shot and paralyzed from my mid-chest down during my second tour of duty in Vietnam on Jan. 20, 1968, I am sending my complete support and admiration to all those now involved in the courageous struggle to stop military recruitment in Berkeley and across the country.

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE

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Ron Kovic’s ‘The Recruiters’

In this satirical short story from the new anthology “A Fictional History of the United States,” the author of “Born on the Fourth of July” tells of a pair of U.S. Marines giving a presentation at an auditorium full of high school students in 1968.

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Ron Kovic
Ron Kovic

Ron Kovic served two tours of duty as a U.S. Marine in the Vietnam War and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. In combat on Jan. 20, 1968, he suffered a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the chest down. He became one of the best-known peace activists among the veterans of the war.

Kovic was born in Ladysmith, Wis., and grew up in Massapequa, N.Y.
His autobiography, “Born on the Fourth of July,” was adapted as an Academy Award-winning film directed by Oliver Stone and starring Tom Cruise as Kovic.  Kovic received a Golden Globe for his screenplay adaptation of his autobiography.

Kovic is an outspoken critic of the war in Iraq.

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