Ronald "Ron" Kovic is a former United States Marine Corps sergeant who was wounded in the Vietnam War and became an American anti-war activist. His life was featured in the biopic Born on the Fourth of July.
Ron has been through a lot, but what's most important is that all of these things have made him a very determined man. Ron Kovic has devoted his life to fighting for peace and nonviolence.
With his friend and companion TerriAnn Ferren, Kovic has traveled the world, speaking before peace activists, presidents, and Nobel Prize winners.
In his journey, Ron also turned to art. He is a self-taught expressionist who paints with authority and with love.
The MY HERO Film Festival is honored to annually bestow the Ron Kovic Peace Prize to the director of the short film that most effectively addresses the issue of world peace. The accompanying $1000 cash prize supports the critical efforts of artists and peace activists whose work shows the power of non-violent solutions to our world's troubles.
Watch the Trailer for Ron Kovic Biopic Born on the 4th of July
Ron Kovic Became an Artist as Part of His Creative Journey
According to Ron Kovic, a fiercely independent artist, "This [work] was done during the Winship cottage period. I felt very creative. I just didn't care what other people thought."
Ron places his self portrait in the midst of words inspired by author D.H. Lawrence's "Lady Chatterly's Lover."
This piece is about loneliness and turbulence in one's life. Kovic uses visual imagery to heal from the PTSD he suffered as a result of the war.
Watch Short Films about Ron Kovic
Loretta Smith, a close friend of Ron Kovic, documents his amazing journey as a Vietnam war veteran and a world renowned peace activist.
Learn more about Ron Kovic's multi-faceted life overcoming hardship and transforming into an author, painter, and activist who has worked for world peace over the last 40 years.
Listen to Ron Kovic
Ron Kovic shares his passion for a better world.
Books by Ron Kovic
This latest edition of Ron Kovic's moving account of his experiences during and after the Vietnam War contains a new introduction in which Ron draws parallels to the war in Iraq.
A novel about a young man who hitches west around the world from his home town of Massapequa, Long Island, and meets an array of colorful characters, including a mad DJ--Doctor Twist.
As the last American troops were being pulled out of Vietnam, Kovic and a small group of other severely injured veterans in a VA hospital launched the American Veterans Movement.
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