By War & By God

How does war shape a man?
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The Vietnam conflict was long ago, but its impact lives on and the battles continue in the hearts and minds of the U.S. soldiers who were there. In the jungle heat, the sweat, and the blood they became men.
But today, over 40 years later, Vietnam is the land where these men become heroes.
Nominated for a regional Emmy® Award, By War & By God tells the traumatic, yet redeeming story of a small group of soldiers whose lives were forever shaped by war, but whose faith has led them back to Vietnam to love, serve, and care for the people of that beautiful land. Through first-person interviews, archival war footage, and present-day on-location filming, the stories of these amazing “Vets with a Mission” exemplify the good that can come from a handful of lives that are touched By War & By God.
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In the words of Producer/Director Kent C. Williamson...
"In 2008 I made my first trip to Vietnam with an organization called Vets With A Mission. These Vietnam veterans have come home from war with stories that will make your heart stop. They survived, but the hell of war leaves its mark on the living...sometimes in the form of physical scars, and almost always in the form of mental scars."
"What's amazing about this particular group of veterans is their committment to reconciliation; between themselves and the people of Vietnam, between themselves and the land, and between themselves and God. The reason they return to that beautiful country is to love, serve, and care for the people there."
"These men have all been shaped by war & by God..."

Praise For By War & By God

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It is my great pleasure to recommend this outstanding video, By War and By God. Using powerful short interviews and outstanding combat photography, the producers of this forty minute video have hit a home run. I heartily recommend it to veterans and their families. It should be of interest to a much wider audience–anyone interested in an uplifting story of altruism on the part of those who fought in war and returned to the battlefield on many occasions to help those in great need.
Perry M. Smith, Author
Courage, Compassion, Marine: The Unique Story of Jimmie Dyess

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The Audience Speaks!

By War & By God is extremely well done, very moving and tells a powerful story.

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The combat footage is excellent and the testimonies are really grand.

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If the purpose is to inform and inspire, you have hit a home run!

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  • Pat Cameron  U.S. Navy 1969-1972
  • Phil Carney  U.S. Marines 1969-1971
  • Cal Dunham  U.S. Army 1968-1970
  • Walt Griffin  U.S. Marines 1968-1971
  • Roger Helle  U.S. Marines 1965-1971
  • Tom Love, DDS, MS  U.S. Navy 1956-1960
  • Bob Peragallo  U.S. Marines 1964-1971
  • Steve Scott  U.S. Marines 1965-1968
  • Chuck Ward  U.S. Navy 1968–1972


  • Michael Bernardo, MD  VWAM Board of Directors
  • Dave Carlson  VWAM Board of Directors
  • Jim Proctor  VWAM Board of Directors
  • Walt Griffin  VWAM Board of Directors
  • Sandy Sturch  Sister of Downed Helicopter Pilot Floyd Olsen


vwam logoVets With A Mission operates entirely on your support. If By War & By God has made an impression or left you wanting to do more, click on the Vets With A Mission logo above and contribute what you can to support the thousands of Vietnamese who have been blessed by the in-country medical outreach, and the hundreds of veterans who have found reconciliation with a grateful people, their familes, and themselves, having found the grace to say, "my war is over!"

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