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Paper 2 Ron Kovic grew up in America believing that he could become anything His natural abilities could have led him anywhere in life Even with many options when it came down to deciding his near future after high school he decided to join the Marines He makes this decision in a valiant effort to serve America with honor and loyalty as a hero a patriotic profession he had discovered while growing up Unfortunately his romantic view of soldiers and war clouded the harsh reality of battle When he returned home from Vietnam he was left with a rude awakening of what could and did happen to him while in combat Ron Kovic did not support the war when he returned because his outcome after Vietnam did not meet the standards of war he had formulated while growing up Kovic spent 18 years of his life developing a romantic view of war His imagination and passion while growing up led him to believe that war would create heroes that either died on the battle field or saved their dying brothers all while defending our country He grew to believe that a war in the future would follow the same path it did in the movies he watched as a child Thee movies pamphlets and guidebooks were all young Ron Kovic had to teach him about combat It was then in his young life that he developed an ideal of what it was to be a soldier and also what it would be like to fight in a war Kovic took this ideal of war and not only began to internalize it but also simulated it He would get together with friends and reenact with his toys movies he had scene He would even recreate scenes as if him and his friends were real soldiers fighting the Germans Kovic 55 These childhood games are not something a young boy grows out of too quickly These early
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