Born On The 4th Of July By Ron Kovic.. Book Report And Personal View, Also Compares And Contrasts The Movie A Bit

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Born On the Fourth of JulyBy: Ron Kovic This book reveals the courage and hardship Ron Kovic possessedthroughout his life and throughout the Vietnam war. Ron Kovic grew up in the townof Massapequa, New York. He begins telling us his story right after he wasparalyzed on one of the beaches in Vietnam. He tells of the horrors of the VAhospitals and how they never really got the proper care that was necessary for himand a lot of the other veterans. For hours they would lay in their own vomit, urine and feces with no one tocome and clean them up or help them get out of their mess. There were ratseverywhere in the hospital that would gnaw at their lifeless limbs at night whilethey slept. Ron mentioned one individual that would throw his crumbs on the floorpurposefully to distract the rats from them. The nurses and aides would come byand not pay attention to them the way that they should, but instead to drug themand put them to sleep. This situation in the VA hospitals deeply angered Ron. Hefelt that he was not getting the proper treatment for being a Veteran of War andlaying his life on the line in defense for his country. He then continues to tell of his childhood. Tales of him growing up inMassapequa and playing the marines and baseball as a child with his friends,Bobby Zimmer, Kenny, Pete and his best friend, Richie Castiglia. They had anormal childhood like any other kid would, and he would dream of becoming a greatbaseball player like Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees. He mentions he doesnot want to be like his father, working at the A&P day and night to support his family. There were many instances where the book and the movie varied. Hementions being in Vietnam and hearing of how many people were initially against thewar and were protesting in the streets and mostly on College Campus'. In the bookRon tells of how after a while his view on the war changes and how he turns againstthe Government that was supposed to be helping our troops and especially helpingour veterans. There was never mention of him taking classes at the University andliving on his own.This is where he decides to attend demonstrations in Washingtonwhere he was hurt and treated unfairly against his first amendment rights: freedom ofspeech. He would give speeches at local High schools and attend classes less andless. Throughout his days after the war, every night would contain nightmares andcold sweats of things he had seen in Vietnam. How...

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