Films : Commitment and Sacrifice

Commitment and Sacrifice

A Norman Lloyd Film

Completed, 2006

This documentary film follows the experiences of troops from Bravo Company of the 5th Battalion 7th Cavalry regiment during the Iraq War (2005), through the lens of combat cameraman Norman Lloyd. In 1970, Lloyd traveled to Cambodia and was embedded with troops in combat during the Cambodian incursion. In 2005, Lloyd reunited with the same battalion, reactivated in Iraq. His footage sheds light on the daily life of the soldier, showing that in war, the only constant is the soldier and his commitment and sacrifice.

  • ...words are inadequate to describe the horror of combat. Norman Lloyd’s film Commitment and Sacrifice, which straight-forwardly shows a soldier’s day to day life in an infantry battalion confronting the enemy, provides a way to understand what a solider has experienced and has few words for. This film can act as a language that can be shared and can help deepen relationships which are crucial to any veteran’s and their loved ones’ quality of life.
- GEORGE PATRICK, M.D.
USMC VIETNAM, 1968
  • Thank you very much for sending the DVD titled Commitment & Sacrifice. Although, as you say, it is based on a US Army Unit, the soliders’ descriptions of their deployment experiences would certainly resonate with the Australian veterans. It may be particularly useful for the purpose of assisting veterans’ partners and families to gain an understanding of their loved ones’ experience.
- MARK CREAMER, PHD
DIRECTOR, AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR
POSTTRAUMATIC MENTAL HEALTH
UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
  • As a wife of a returning Vietnam veteran something I experienced was my husband not wanting to talk much about his experiences in combat for quite a few years. I believe he felt that only another Vietnam vet could truly understand how he felt and what he went through... This DVD opened my eyes to the life-altering experience a soldier goes through. I am so proud of my husband — his service to his country, his commitment, and his sacrifice.
- NANCY ROWLEY
WIFE OF VIETNAM VETERAN, BILL ROWLEY
  • Being the daughter of a wounded and disabled veteran I have always admired my father and have been curious about his experience in Vietnam. I can only imagine how difficult it was for my parents to live and cope during that time. All kinds of questions ran through my head, but I never quite knew how to ask them. I feared bringing up unpleasant feelings and memories of a very difficult time. I was scared of the response so sometimes I just never asked. When I did find the courage to engage a conversation, sometimes I would get vague or short answers that never really satisfied my longing to deeply understand what he went through. I suspect he was trying to protect me and some things are just hard to explain. This lack of communication kept a part of my father distant from me. I longed to know that side of him, because it is such a big part of who he is. Commitment and Sacrifice helped bridge that gap. Watching the film, I felt a sense of understanding like I’d never felt before. I was able to understand what my father felt without having to ask any questions as well as get clarity on the reality of what war was really like for him. It opened the line of communication between us to greater level. I now feel a deeper bond with my father than ever before.
- LINDA NECHANICKY
DAUGHTER OF VIETNAM VETERAN,
PAUL NECHANICKY