Presents Vietnam War veterans as ordinary New Zealanders who did extraordinary things at that time of their lives when they went to serve in an unpopular war. The book demonstrates what they were able to achieve in their lives despite the fact that many of their compatriots despised them for going to Vietnam. The veterans include captains of New Zealand industry, highly ranked military and air force professionals, a Member of Parliament, a Harkness Fellow and Harvard Graduate, chief executive officers of commercial enterprises and welfare agencies, an expert horticulturalist, a polytechnic lecturer, a respected Maori elder, an All Black and a superintendent of a teaching hospital. New Zealand's trampers, potters, writers, gardeners, welfare workers, sports coaches, housewives, real estate agents, mechanics, rugby players and musicians are all represented. this book represents not only the estimated 3,500 who served in Vietnam but also the 37 who died in their country's service.