Ron Kovic

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.

Ron Kovic
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Ron Kovic

By: Anabelle Vo

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.

Ron KovicBy: Anabelle Vo

Listen to the audio version of Anabelle's interview with Ron Kovic.

Ron Kovic

By: Betty Bailey and Jeanne Meyers

"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..."

Ron Kovic

By: Victoria Murphy

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. 

Ron Kovic Peace Prize

Kovic CFE Postcard
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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 Peace Prize Sizzle

Producer: Hila Hamidi
Learn all about the Ron Kovic Peace Prize in the MY HERO International Film Festival.

Watch the Trailer for Ron Kovic Biopic Born on the 4th of July

Ron Kovic became an artist as part of his creative journey

I am an Artist

By: Ron Kovic

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."

Ours is a Tragic Age

By: Ron Kovic

Ron places his self portrait in the midst of words inspired by author D.H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterly's Lover

Blue Ship

By: Ron Kovic

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.

Ron Kovic, 2014

By: Robert Shetterly

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

A Good American: The Times of Ron Kovic [excerpt] (6:40)

Produced by:Loretta Smith

Loretta Smith, a close friend of Ron Kovic, documents his amazing journey as a Vietnam war veteran and a world renowned peace activist.

Honoring RON KOVIC

Producer: Jeanne Meyers

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 BBC InterviewBy: BBC

Please enjoy this BBC Interview of Ron Kovic

Ron Kovic speaks at MY HERO's International Day of Peace Celebration

Producer: The MY HERO Project

Ron Kovic shares his passion for a better world.

Books by Ron Kovic

Born on the Fourth of July

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.

Around the World in Eight Days

By: Ron Kovic

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.

Hurricane Street

By: Ron Kovic

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.

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