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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.

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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.

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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."

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