Ron Kovic Explains His Opposition to Trump's Transgender Military Ban (Video)

Ron Kovic
Ron Kovic served two tours of duty as a U.S. Marine in the Vietnam War and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. In combat on Jan. 20, 1968, he suffered a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed…
Ron Kovic

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer recently hosted veterans Ron Kovic, an anti-war activist and author, and documentary filmmaker Oliver Stone at the University of Southern California for a discussion on war, peace and the American military-industrial complex. Kovic and Stone served in the Vietnam War, an experience that shaped their lives and their politics.

In the clip above, Kovic explains his strong opposition to a current political issue: President Trump's proposed ban on transgender people serving in the military.

"They are supremely patriotic," Kovic says of transgender military members, in response to a question from an audience member. "They're committed to this country, they've risked their life on behalf of this country, whether the policy [that sent them to war] was right or wrong—and in almost every case it was wrong."

Watch the clip in the player above, and check out the full interview, as well as links to other Veterans Day material, here.

Posted by Emma Niles.


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