Missouri Treasurer trying to reunite veterans with their military medals
LEMAY, Mo. – (KTVI) Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel is keeping safe guard over military medals and insignia that have been found in the state’s unclaimed property, but he needs help returning them to the rightful owners according to a report from KTVI.
“These medals come to us because of unclaimed property. So these are old safe deposit boxes or we’re inheriting the old safe deposit boxes after they’re dormant and they we’re finding way to try and return those back to their owners,” Zweifel said.
The new military medal return bill took effect on Wednesday and that’s why Zweifel, area lawmakers and veterans gathered at Jefferson Barracks Chapel in Lemay, Mo. The new law allows the treasurer’s office to publicize the last known names and locations of these Missouri medal earners.
“The medals to me are a symbol of our service and being recognized by our government,” George Newell, a Vietnam veteran, said.
Previously medals that went unclaimed would be sold. Zweifel is encouraging show me state residents to search his unclaimed property website, which you can visit by clicking on this link.
“We’re often returning dollar amounts like checks and securities. This is a chance to return something that is emotional to that family and part of their history,” Zweifel said.