Ron Kovic. "The one gift I was given in that war was an awakening. I endured; I survived and understood. No one will ever again be my enemy—no matter how hard he or she tries to frighten and intimidate me. No government will ever teach me to hate another human being." 2013.
Ron Kovic:U.S. Marine Corps-volunteered for first tour to Vietnam in 1965/he also volunteered for a second tour in 1968. He was shot in attack and as a result of his injuries left paralyzed from the chest down. Received a Bronze Star with V for valor and Purple Heart. They based a movie on the book he wrote.
Vietnam veterans against the war and other anti-war activists march in protest near Convention Hall in Miami, Fla., Aug. 22, 1972, as the Republican National Convention opened. Disabled Vietnam vet Ron Kovic, holding an upside down American flag as a symbol of distress, is seen in the march. (AP Photo)