Then: In 1980, Ron Kovic speaks at a commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Kent State shootings.

Then: In 1980, Ron Kovic speaks at a commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Kent State shootings. Photo Courtesy Kent State University

The day Baghdad fell, Ron Kovic was back in the Veterans Affairs hospital. Not the shameful Bronx VA of Kovic’s 1976 book, Born on the Fourth of July, and later, Oliver Stone’s academy award-winning movie of the same name–which was condemned and torn down–but the Long Beach, Calif., VA hospital. Kovic, 56, had gone in for a checkup at the