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A Conversation About War and Peace With Ron Kovic, Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges

By KiMi Robinson

The author of “Born on the Fourth of July” met with the Truthdig journalists at the University of Southern California on Oct. 18 to talk about Kovic’s latest book, “Hurricane Street,” and how he became a peace activist. Truthdig broadcasted the discussion live on Facebook.

Posted on Oct 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Ron Kovic: ‘Why I Wrote “Hurricane Street” ’ (Video)

“The care we were receiving at the hospital at the time was in many cases abusive,” so “150 paralyzed men in wheelchairs, but also veterans from other parts of the hospital, some nurses, some caregivers, aides who had courage and their own reason to protest,” organized in Vietnam veterans’ interests.

Posted on Aug 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Fighting for Peace on ‘Hurricane Street’

This impassioned, timely memoir about the American Veterans Movement picks up where author Ron Kovic’s “Born on the Fourth of July” left off.

Posted on Aug 5, 2016 READ MORE

Comments of the Week: Know Your History

The week that included the country’s birthday brought to Truthdig’s comment boards a host of history lessons and discussions that ranged far beyond the material taught in schools.

Posted on Jul 5, 2016 READ MORE

Happy Birthday to Ron Kovic, Born on the Fourth of July

Independence Day is the birthday of the author and anti-war activist, who is also a friend and contributor to Truthdig. Today, we look back on our week with Kovic and the kind words he had for his friend Bruce Springsteen in 2009.

Posted on Jul 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Ron Kovic Questions Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s ‘Need to Go to War’

“What are you going to do, send troops to Syria? What’s going to be the result of that?” asks the Vietnam War veteran and activist.

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 READ MORE

Bruce Springsteen Reads His New Foreword to ‘Born on the Fourth of July’ (Audio)

Listen to Bruce Springsteen read his new foreword for the 40th anniversary edition of Ron Kovic’s “Born on the Fourth of July,” and hear the first chapter of the classic memoir.

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Live at Truthdig: Does America Care About the Costs and Consequences of War?

Peace activist and veteran Ron Kovic was our guest Thursday on Facebook.

Posted on Jun 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Praise for Ron Kovic and His Legacy of Activism

In his new book, Kovic offers a deeply moving account of the struggle of Vietnam veterans to hold politicians accountable to the maimed warriors they sent into harm’s way and then abandoned.

Posted on Jun 28, 2016 READ MORE

AUDIO: Robert Scheer Talks With Ron Kovic About the Continuing Struggle of Veterans

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence”—the Truthdig editor-in-chief’s podcast on KCRW—Vietnam veteran, author and peace activist Ron Kovic discusses what has changed and what hasn’t since his time in combat.

Posted on Feb 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

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Reflections on the Vietnam War: The Things a Warrior Knows

This Memorial Day weekend, Truthdig republishes one of Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic’s reflections on the awful truth about war.

Posted on May 24, 2015 READ MORE

Ron Kovic Reality-Checks TV’s Chickenhawks

The “Born on the Fourth of July” author, being interviewed by Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer at the veterans hospital in Long Beach, Calif., notes that any TV pundit who calls for war is “not the one who’s going to get hit by a bullet.”

Posted on Feb 16, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

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Reflections on the Vietnam War: The Things a Warrior Knows

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.

Posted on Jan 19, 2013 READ MORE

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Speaking Truth on the Fifth of July

“Why it is so hard to tell the truth today?” I asked Vietnam veteran and anti-war hero Ron Kovic one summer night over drinks in midtown Manhattan.

Posted on Aug 19, 2012 READ MORE

Ron Kovic Rallies at Occupy L.A.: ‘This Is the Beginning of a Revolution’

On Oct. 1, Vietnam veteran, author and activist Ron Kovic gave a throng of Occupy L.A. protesters gathered near Los Angeles’ City Hall an enthused boost with this speech, in which he invokes the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. and serves notice to President Obama by co-opting the president’s campaign slogan … (more)

Posted on Oct 10, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


In the Presence of My Enemy: A Reflection on War and Forgiveness

As this, the 43rd anniversary of my wounding in Vietnam approaches, and I once again try to find meaning in that day and the days which were to follow, my thoughts return to the northern bank of the Cua Viet River on Jan. 20, 1968. It is a day that will change my life forever.

Posted on Jan 20, 2011 READ MORE

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Raise Your Voices, Protest, Stop These Wars

As a former United States Marine Corps infantry sergeant who was shot and paralyzed from the mid-chest down on Jan. 20, 1968, during my second tour of duty in Vietnam, and as someone who has lived with the wounds of that war for over 40 years, I am writing this letter to ask you to join me as we begin a critical new phase in the growing anti-war movement.

Posted on Dec 31, 2010 READ MORE

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McNamara’s Evil Lives On

It was the stark evil Robert McNamara perpetrated as secretary of defense that must indelibly frame our memory of him. To not speak out fully because of respect for the deceased would be to mock the memory of the millions he caused to be maimed and killed in a war that he later freely admitted never made any sense.

Posted on Jul 8, 2009 READ MORE

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Oliver Stone: The Director’s Cut

The renowned filmmaker visited USC’s Annenberg School for Communication on March 3 to talk with Truthdig editors Robert Scheer and Kasia Anderson and their students about “Wall Street,” his 1987 classic—suddenly all too relevant again—and to give a panoramic take on his body of work and what the future holds for the movie industry.

Posted on Mar 9, 2009 READ MORE

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Stopping the War Machine: Military Recruiters Must Be Confronted

As a former United States Marine Corps sergeant who was shot and paralyzed from my mid-chest down during my second tour of duty in Vietnam on Jan. 20, 1968, I am sending my complete support and admiration to all those now involved in the courageous struggle to stop military recruitment in Berkeley and across the country.

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


Memorializing the Deadly Myth of John Wayne

On the 100th anniversary of John Wayne’s birth, falling as it does on Memorial Day weekend, Truthdig presents two pieces connecting the hype of the celluloid “war hero” who never fought to the hard human costs of war.  It was the Duke’s deadly myth, after all, that would lead young men like Ron Kovic to sacrifice life and limb in needless wars. 

Posted on May 26, 2007 READ MORE

stone Interviews Stone, Kovic in VideoVets Project

Director Oliver Stone’s commercial for and, featuring Iraq war veteran John Bruhns, airs on CNN until Thursday.  To commemorate the ad and its subject, assembled an array of videos featuring Stone (above) and Vietnam vet Ron Kovic, Bruhns and the others interviewed in the project.

Posted on May 7, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


Stone Shoots Ad Supporting U.S. Troop Withdrawal

Director Oliver Stone has announced the winning entry, chosen by voting members of, from a series of videotaped interviews with Iraq war veterans and their families.  Stone has cut the interview with former infantry Sgt.  John Bruhns into a 30-second TV spot, ending with a voice-over by Vietnam vet Ron Kovic saying: “Support our troops. Bring them home.”

Posted on May 4, 2007 READ MORE

In Pictures: Ron Kovic Today

Paralyzed from the chest down by Vietnam War wounds, and confined to a wheelchair for almost 40 years, Ron Kovic stands as a symbol of the brutality of war. He also exemplifies a man’s ability to transform such tragedy into a lifelong pursuit of peace—for himself and his country.  Listen to the audio, then come view the site’s Kovic photo gallery.

Posted on Jan 26, 2006 READ MORE

Ron Kovic with his painting

Photo Essay: Ron Kovic Today

By Zuade Kaufman

Ron Kovic, the author of “Born on the Fourth of July,” the classic personal memoir about the aftermath of the Vietnam War, remains a committed activist.

icon: VideoPhoto Gallery

Posted on Jan 18, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN

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