Ron Kovic Reflects on Working Toward Peace
many ways, the Vietnam veterans against the war may have
been ahead of our time. We were fighting for a more truthful
dialogue. We fought for a new country, and millions of people
joined us in that struggle. We who opposed the war were
good citizens, just like the Czechs who filled Wenceslas
When a system goes astray, it is the right and obligation
of citizens to oppose it and change it-for themselves and
for generations to come.
A Note From Photographer Michael Collopy
While covering a press conference in San Francisco, I was
impressed by a man in a wheelchair at the back of the room
whose questions were more eloquent and insightful than the
speaker's presentation. As I was packing up my gear, we
struck up a conversation that ended up lasting several hours.
It wasn't until late in our captivating talk that I realized
that this humble man had written Born on the Fourth of July.
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