Ron Kovic is an accomplished author, painter, and activist who has worked for world peace over the last 40 years. As a former Marine Corps sergeant, he served two tours of duty in the Vietnam War before being wounded in combat and paralyzed from the mid-chest down. He went on to become a prominent spokesperson for the anti-war movement and has since addressed the Democratic National Convention in 1976, President Obama and other dignitaries at the 32nd annual Kennedy Center Honors Ceremony in 2009, and Rome's Mayor Gianni Alemanno and other civic leaders as a member of Council for Dignity, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation in 2010.

Born on the Fourth of July is an award-winning feature film by Oliver Stone, where Ron Kovic is portrayed by Tom Cruise.

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. Up to $1000 of cash prizes supports the critical efforts of

artists and peace activists whose work shows the power of non-violent solutions to our world's troubles. 

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2021 RON KOVIC PEACE PRIZE WINNER - OutSwing by Samar Minallah Khan

2020 Winner - The Peace of Wild Things by Katy Wang Poet: Wendell Berry

2020 Winner - The Curious Scroll: How Does Something Ugly Become Beautiful by Andrew Purchin