By: KDKA-TV News Staff
HARRISBURG (KDKA) – Pennsylvania’s treasurer is looking to return unclaimed medals like Purple Hearts and Bronze Stars to veterans who earned them.READ MORE: Charleroi Mother And Father Now Facing Homicide Charges In Infant's Death
On Veterans Day, Treasurer Stacy Garrity encouraged veterans to search the state’s database of unclaimed military decorations and memorabilia.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Weather: Conditions Point To 2021 Not Being A White Christmas
Since taking office, Garrity said he’s returned more than 225 military decorations and memorabilia from the treasury’s vault and 500 are in the process of being returned.
“Our first goal is to return the items to the veteran who earned them. If the veteran has passed, we return them to a family member. Sometimes it can take quite a bit of detective work to find the rightful owners. It’s one small way we can show our gratitude to these veterans and their families,” said Garrity.MORE NEWS: Pittsburgh Public Schools Investigating Threats Made Towards Numerous School Campuses
The state’s military database can be searched here.