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 whose life was featured in the biopic Born on the Fourth of July.
I recently had the chance to speak with a man named Ron Kovic. People may have heard of him as the man who served in Vietnam, got injured and paralyzed from the chest down, got arrested 12 times protesting the Vietnam War, and wrote that book about his experiences that was adapted, with director Oliver Stone, into an Academy-Award-winning film. 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.
"Kovic was losing faith in the war effort but he was not ready to join the anti-war protestors. However, that started to change when he watched young demonstrators clubbed in the streets..."
In his journey, Ron also turned to art. He is a self taught expressionist who paints with authority and with love. The guiding principle behind his visceral and lyrical paintings is love and humanism.
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.
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
Ron Kovic turned to creating visual imagery as a way to heal from his injuries and the PTSD that he suffered as a result of his Vietnam war experiences. This piece is about loneliness and turbulence in one's life.
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.
Hitching west around the world from his home town of Massapequa, Long Island, a young man meets up with an Ohio tracker, police from Cicero, Illinois, a beautiful Brazilian exchange student, a fast driving Tucsonian, an irreverent Native American on a bike, and an array of crazy San Francisco characters, including a mad DJ--Doctor Twist.
In the spring of 1974, as the last American troops were being pulled out of Vietnam, Ron Kovic and a small group of other severely injured veterans in a California VA hospital launched the American Veterans Movement. In a phenomenal feat of political organizing, Kovic corralled his fellow AVM members into staging a sit-in, and then a hunger strike, in the Los Angeles office of Senator Alan Cranston, demanding better treatment of injured and disabled veterans.
Organizer created on 10/25/2017 7:01:47 PM by Vincent
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