Born on the Fourth of July

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Today's Movie - "Born on the Fourth of July"

Info on Ron Kovic:
Info on the movie:

Statistics - Vietnam War:
Related News Stories:
N.Y. Times Lesson - Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Returning Veterans:
N.Y. Times Lesson - Battling Memories of Vietnam:
N.Y. Times Lesson - Why it is still difficult to talk about Vietnam:
Time Magazine Article:,8599,1811858,00.html?imw=Y

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Answer the questions below: (Spend some time looking at the resources above to help you answer these questions. This document and useful links will be posted on Mr. Knox’s website so you can access this links to articles and interviews.)

1. What were the psychological ramifications for Vietnam veterans who were either treated as criminals or were virtually ignored (public apathy in general and/or poor or neglectful treatment by the V.A. for some) unlike veterans from other wars who were embraced by the country?

2. How did this type of treatment transform Ron Kovic's perception of the war?

3. Look for news stories focusing on the psychological effects of war. Look for news stories pertaining to the current war in Iraq. Read one of the stories you found. Relate what you learned from this story to what you learned about the psychological effects of war after watching "Born on the Fourth of July."

Examples of news stories (you may use one of these):
Neglectful treatment at Walter Reed:
Video (Walter Reed)
Walter Reed and Beyond (Links to slideshows, resources, archives, etc. This link included information on P.T.S.D., and other mental health disorders affecting veterans.)
Wikipedia (Walter Reed Neglect Scandal)
NPR coverage of Walter Reed, etc. (read or listen to stories):
A Veteran's View of Walter Reed (read or listen to story):
Military diagnosing more cases of P.T.S.D.
NPR (Dealing with P.T.S.D. after war) Listen to story:
Virtual Reality for Returning Vets:

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