Retired Lt. Gen. Terry Robling pins the Purple Heart medal on Vietnam veteran Mike Sanzaro in a ceremony in San Diego on Sept. 23, 2017.<br>David Westmeyer/Special to Stars and Stripes

Team effort led to long-overdue Purple Heart for Vietnam vet Mike Sanzaro

The VA doctors told Vietnam veteran Mike Sanzaro that he rated a Purple Heart. The problem was, with four decades having gone by and no medical records of the event, he would have to find a witness. Sanzaro decided not to pursue the medal he deserved. Family members and fellow Marines had other ideas.