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.
MY HERO Suggested Video
"Shut Out the Light" (1985) by Bruce Springsteen
This song was inspired by Ron Kovic's book Born on the 4th of July, and is about the difficulties of a veteran returning home from war: “This song is about leaving home and not being able to find your way back (Bruce Springsteen).”
MY HERO Suggested Video
"Born in the USA" (1985) by Bruce Springsteen
This song was partly inspired by Ron Kovic.
With his friend and companion TerriAnn Ferren, Kovic has traveled the world, speaking before peace activists, presidents, and Nobel Prize winners.
Call to Action
Submit your film about peace and bring attention the need for peace building and the efforts of peace activists.
Ron Kovic annually awards a Peace Prize for the short film that most effectively addresses the issue of world peace. The prize is part of the MY HERO International Film Festival, and the $1000 cash prize supports the critical efforts of artists and peace activists.
Watch the Trailer for Ron Kovic's award winning feature film,
Born on the 4th of July
Ron Kovic Became an Artist as Part of His Creative Journey
In his journey, Ron also turned to art. He is a self-taught expressionist who paints with authority and with love.
After Robert Shetterly met Ron Kovic in Los Angeles, he painted his portrait as part of the Americans Who Tell the Truth series: "There is nothing in the lives of human beings more Brutal and terrifying than war, and nothing more important than for those of us who have experienced it to share its awful truth."
Watch Short Films about Ron Kovic
Ron Kovic has inspired numerous works of art and film. This selection of short documentaries highlights his passion for peace in this troubled world.
Loretta Smith, a close friend of Ron Kovic, documents his amazing journey as a Vietnam war veteran and a world renowned activist. In this excerpt, Ron recalls how he got his start as a peace activist.
Learn more about Ron Kovic's multi-faceted life overcoming hardship and transforming into an author, painter, and activist. This film honors him and his tireless fight for world peace.
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.
Artwork curated by MY HERO Arts Education and Gallery director Giselle Villatoro.
Hero Stories curated by MY HERO General Editor and Story Director Shannon Luders-Manuel.
Audio curated by MY HERO Audio director Stu Pearlman.
Newswire stories curated by MY HERO Newswire director Betty Bailey.
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Last edited 8/9/2021 1:26:17 PM by Rachel Priebe