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Born On the Fourth of July By Ron Kovic This book reveals the courage and hardship Ron Kovic possessed throughout his life and throughout the Vietnam war Ron Kovic grew up in the town of Massapequa New York He begins telling us his story right after he was paralyzed on one of the beaches in Vietnam He tells of the horrors of the VA hospitals and how they never really got the proper care that was necessary for him and a lot of the other veterans For hours they would lay in their own vomit urine and feces with no one to come and clean them up or help them get out of their mess There were rats everywhere in the hospital that would gnaw at their lifeless limbs at night while they slept Ron mentioned one individual that would throw his crumbs on the floor purposefully to distract the rats from them The nurses and aides would come by and not pay attention to them the way that they should but instead to drug them and put them to sleep This situation in the VA hospitals deeply angered Ron He felt that he was not getting the proper treatment for being a Veteran of War and laying his life on the line in defense for his country He then continues to tell of his childhood Tales of him growing up in Massapequa and playing the marines and baseball as a child with his friends Bobby Zimmer Kenny Pete and his best friend Richie Castiglia They had a normal childhood like any other kid would and he would dream of becoming a great baseball player like Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees He mentions he does not want to be like his father working at the AP day and night to support his family There were many instances where the book and the movie varied He mentions being in Vietnam and hearing of
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