HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE 28/WYOU 22 EYEWITNESS NEWS) — Pennsylvania treasury officials are putting a big push to reach families who may have unclaimed property, now being held by the state. State officials say there is around $4 billion worth of unclaimed property.
The I-Team gained rare access to a place called “the vault”, where much of the unclaimed property is being stored.
The Treasury Department is on a mission: return nearly 700 military medals held in the vault.
“To date we’ve returned 370 we still have 659 to go. Just in the process of returning 72 military decorations to 11 service members and their families,” Stacy Garrity, PA Treasurer said.
Garrity showed Eyewitness News around the vault Wednesday. She says all of the unclaimed property is important, but especially the military medals.
“Of course you can’t put a price tag on these military decorations. Right now 13 Purple Hearts, three Bronze Stars, meritorious service medals, many, many more materials — dog tags and other items.”
And where do they come from?
“They are largely from abandoned safety deposit boxes. So families didn’t know that they had military decorations and they’re usually from relatives who have passed,” Garrity said.
So what should families do if they think there may be medal here that belongs to a loved one? Visit the Pennsylvania Treasury website to see if you have unclaimed property.
Treasury Officials say don’t assume that you don’t have any unclaimed property and to check it out. It may be worth the effort.