Ron Kovic

Ron Kovic recounts the story of his journey from disillusioned Vietnam veteran to leading antiwar activist in his best-selling autobiography, Born on the Fourth of July, which was made into an Academy Award-winning film by Oliver Stone. Kovic grew
up in Massapequa, New York, and enlisted in the marines after graduating from high school in 1964. After accidentally killing a fellow serviceman in battle and later being seriously wounded by enemy fire, he returned home a paraplegic. He eventually overcame his experiences in battle and recovery to become a leading veterans' rights activist who addressed the 1976 Democratic National Convention.


Resources for Teachers and Students

Reflections on Working Towards Peace