KY hoping to reunite veterans with unclaimed medals

FRANKFORT, KY (FOX19) - The Department of Military Affairs and enhanced searching technology workers in the Unclaimed Property Division of the Kentucky State Treasury hope to reunite veterans or their families with hundreds of military items that sit unclaimed in the Treasury vault.

"We're searching for the rightful owners of a bronze star, 7 navy medals, two purple hearts, numerous battle ribbons and campaign pins, dog tags and dozens of discharge papers including one from the Civil War!" stated Kentucky Treasurer Todd Hollenbach.

Last fall, the Treasury returned purple hearts to the family members of two Kentucky veterans with the assistance of the Departments of Military and Veterans Affairs. Now the Unclaimed Property Division will employ the same software that was used to locate claimants in the tornado counties to search for veterans and their families.

"We owe it to our military service members to go the extra mile to return these items. Their stories deserve to be told, and their memories need to be preserved." Hollenbach added.

If you're a veteran missing a medal or discharge papers or a relative looking to discover a military legacy, all you need to do is visit and look for the Military Property Owners listing.

The State Treasurer serves as custodian of all property surrendered to the state that is presumed lost or abandoned. Each year, the Kentucky Treasury returns millions of dollars in unclaimed property to Kentucky residents. Since 2008, under the proactive leadership of Treasurer Todd Hollenbach and his Treasure Finder's Program, the Treasury has returned a record $ 62-million in unclaimed property.

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