Bobby Muller

Bobby Muller attends the Nobel Peace Laureates Conference as co-founder of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize.

Robert O. (Bobby) Muller was born in 1946. After graduating from Hofstra University with a degree in business administration, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served as an infantry officer in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969. A combat injury resulted i n making him a paraplegic.

He returned to the United States and became an active opponent of the Vietnam War, as well as a crusader for veterans’ rights. In 1974 he earned a second degree from Hofstra, this one in law.

In 1978, he founded the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA). As president of VVA, he led a veterans delegation to Vietnam in 1981–the first such delegation to visit the country since the end of the war–and spearheaded efforts to establish court review of veterans’ benefits and preserve and expand veterans’ counseling services.

In 1980, he helped establish the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation (VVAF), an international humanitarian organization providing aid to the victims of war, and, in 1987, became its president. Through the VVAF, he has established clinics to manufact ure and distribute wheelchairs and artificial limbs to those who have lost limbs as the result of landmines. He led the effort to create the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and founded the U.S. Campaign to Ban Landmines. Most recently, he launched the Campaign for a Landmine Free World, which will aid in fulfilling the goals of the international landmine ban treaty signed in December 1997.

Muller has lectured at more than 100 universities and colleges on the lessons learned from the Vietnam experience and the relevance of those lessons for the U.S. role in the international community.