Robert O. Muller (born 1946) is an American peace advocate. He was born on
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, and grew up in Great Neck, New York and attended
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. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1967, during the
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. His commission with the Marines began the same day he received his bachelor's degree in
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from Hofstra University in 1968, and by September of that year he was a combat lieutenant leading a Marine infantry platoon. In April 1969, while leading an assault in
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, a bullet entered his chest and severed his
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, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. After returning from Vietnam, Muller became a staunch advocate for veterans' rights and
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. In 1974 he earned his
degree from the Hofstra University School of Law. In the same year, he appeared in the anti-war documentary film '' Hearts and Minds'', speaking about his life before, during, and after the Vietnam War. He founded
Vietnam Veterans of America
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(VVA) in 1978 and
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(VVAF) in 1980. The VVAF co-founded the
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, which won a 1997
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. In 2004, Muller founded Alliance for Security. He is currently serving as an advisory board member for a group called Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Operation Truth and for the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. Muller is president of Veterans for America (formerly known as the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation). Veterans for America is uniting the new generation of veterans with those from past wars to address the needs of veterans, service members and their families and their larger concerns about the impact of war. It is an advocacy and humanitarian organization. Veterans for America is committed to advancing policy and elevating public discourse on the causes, conduct and consequences of war. Muller is a friend of Bill Wieman, Mark Clevinger, and Ron Kovic. He has lectured about his experiences on over 100 college campuses.


In a 1997 MSNBC ''NewsChat'' segment Muller debated Ann Coulter. Muller attempted to explain to Ann that "In 90 percent of cases that U.S. soldiers got blown up—Ann, are you listening?—they were our own mines." She interrupted Muller's point about the role that landmines played in the Vietnam War with the statement "No wonder you guys lost." Muller responded to Coulter's remark with an incredulous "Say that again," while moderator Felicia Taylor sharply rebuked the in-house pundit: "OK, we're not going to get into that conversation. Ann, that was unnecessary! Mr. Muller, please continue...." ''Time (magazine), Time'' magazine reported the incident differently:
Muller was misquoting a 1969 Pentagon report that found that 90 percent of the components used in enemy mines came from U.S. duds and refuse. Coulter, who found Muller's statement laughable, averted her eyes and responded sarcastically: "No wonder you guys lost." It became an infamous—and oft-misreported—Coulter moment. The ''Washington Post'' and others turned the line into a more personal attack: "People like you caused us to lose that war."Time; 4/25/2005, Vol. 165 Issue 17, p32-42. Retrieved on May 24, 2008.
; Films *1973 – ''Operation Last Patrol''. Directed by Frank Cavestani and Catherine Leroy. *1974 – '' Hearts and Minds''. Directed by Peter Davis. *2007 – ''Body of War''. Directed by Ellen Spiro and Phil Donahue.

See also

*List of peace activists


External links

Bobby Muller page
from Alliance for Security site
Bobby Muller biographyArticle from Newsday.comVietnam Veterans Against the WarVeterans for Americawith Bobby Muller
 by Stephen McKiernan, Binghamton University Libraries Center for the Study of the 1960s, August 7, 2019 {{DEFAULTSORT:Muller, Bobby 1946 births Living people Date of birth missing (living people) American anti–Vietnam War activists United States Marine Corps officers United States Marine Corps personnel of the Vietnam War Hofstra University alumni Maurice A. Deane School of Law alumni People from Long Island Recipients of the Four Freedoms Award