Born on the Fourth of July” brought it all back for one future spy.
In 1989 Valerie Plame Wilson saw Oliver Stone’s film and watched as the real-life character, paraplegic Ron Kovic, rebuilt his life after a horrific stay in a V.A. hospital. Her own brother was wounded in the Tet Offensive. “My brother wasn’t like the Tom Cruise character in ‘Born on the Fourth of July,’ but I felt his struggle so deeply,” she says. “It came home to me, not only what my brother had gone through but what all these young boys have seen and lived through, as in any war, and then they try to come back and fit into society. That’s the power of movies: they are so emotional.”