State Treasurer says we can honor veterans by not letting unclaimed medals go unclaimed

CREVE COEUR, MO (KPLR) - On this Memorial Day we remember those who have died while serving our country.

State Treasurer Eric Schmitt says we can honor them by helping by making sure unclaimed military medals don't go unclaimed.

Missouri State Treasurer Eric Schmitt says Missouri has a billion dollars in unclaimed property.  Part of that is unclaimed military medals.

“After 5 years if a safe deposit box goes unclaimed or unchecked by the owner, we take possession of contents of boxes.”

So, in the process of taking over that property the treasurer’s office comes across hundreds of medals.

“We have almost 200 medals in our possession and we are working hard to get medals to their rightful owners or families.”

Schmitt says this is about war heroes and families of war heroes and the medals need to find their rightful homes.

“It’s really easy to do. Go to our website which is, type in name of individual, yourself, or someone you know that served and find out if they have a medal and we'll work with them and get it back to them asap.”

People are checking and reclaiming their property and medals of family members and loved ones.  Schmitt adds that this is an important part of his office.

“Freedom has a price and people who served, we want to make sure their honored. Particularly this weekend but during the year. This is a great way for people to acknowledge their service.”