Ron Kovic (author of Born on the Fourth of July) in Miami Beach for a demonstration during the 1972 GOP Convention.

Florida Memory - Portrait of Vietnam War veteran and anti-war activist Ron Kovic in Miami Beach for a demonstration during the 1972 GOP Convention.

Ron Kovic. "The one gift I was given in that war was an awakening. I endured; I survived and understood. No one will ever again be my enemy—no matter how hard he or she tries to frighten and intimidate me. No government will ever teach me to hate another human being." 2013.

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

Ron Kovic:U.S. Marine Corps-volunteered for first tour to Vietnam in 1965/he also volunteered for a second tour in 1968. He was shot in attack and as a result of his injuries left paralyzed from the chest down. Received a Bronze Star with V for valor and Purple Heart. They based a movie on the book he wrote.

Ron Kovic:Army-volunteered for first tour to Vietnam in also volunteered…

Vietnam veterans against the war and other anti-war activists march in protest near Convention Hall in Miami, Fla., Aug. 22, 1972, as the Republican National Convention opened. Disabled Vietnam vet Ron Kovic, holding an upside down American flag as a symbol of distress, is seen in the march. (AP Photo)

Vietnam veterans against the war and other anti-war activists march in protest near Convention Hall in Miami, Fla. as the Republican National Convention opened.

"The truth demands justice" banner on front of stage, Dean Kahler and others including William Kunstler and Ron Kovic, are seated on stage (seventh annual commemoration)

"The truth demands justice" banner on front of stage, Dean Kahler and others including William Kunstler and Ron Kovic, are seated on stage (seventh annual commemoration) · Kent State University Libraries. Special Collections and Archives

Hope for wounded soldiers from the mouth of a veteran who is/has been in their shoes

The Forgotten Wounded of Iraq - Ron Kovic

Ron Kovic - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ron Kovic - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Still Of Oliver Stone And Ron Kovic In Born On The Fourth July

Still Of Oliver Stone And Ron Kovic In Born On The Fourth July

Ron Kovic-Born On The 4Th Of July (autobiography book made into a film and the basis for Bruce Springsteen's Born In The USA album). Vietnam Vet returns home to the U.S. disillusioned about the war.

Ron Kovic-Born On The Of July (autobiographic book made into a film with Tom Cruise and the basis for Bruce Springsteen's Born In The USA album). Disabled Vietnam Vet returns home to the U. disillusioned about the war.

Vietnam Veteran Ron Kovic who was born on the fourth of july

Vietnam Veteran Ron Kovic who was born on the fourth of july

Hurricane Street (Paperback) (Ron Kovic)

Hurricane Street (Paperback) (Ron Kovic)

Hurricane Street by Ron Kovic

31 Photos Of Florida During The 1970s

These 31 Photos of Florida In The 1970s Are Mesmerizing

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