FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Military Medal Return Bill allows Treasurer Clint Zweifel to share list of owners with public
Treasurer Zweifel releases names of owners to the public and asks for help
JEFFERSON CITY – State Treasurer Clint Zweifel (ZWY-ful) today released the names of the owners of more than 120 military medals and insignia he safeguards in Unclaimed Property with the goal of returning these medals to the veterans who earned them. Thanks to the Military Medal Return Bill, which takes effect today, Treasurer Zweifel can now share information about these medals, such as the name and last known address of the safe deposit box owner and photographs of the items, with the public.
“Today we begin a partnership with Missouri citizens, veterans’ organizations and the media to return the military medals I hold in Unclaimed Property,” Treasurer Zweifel said. “My team has proactively returned more than 40 medals since I took office, but today I am asking for help from everyone. Visit www.ShowMeMoney.com and look at the military medal list. Check for the names of family members, neighbors and friends. These medals should not sit on a shelf gathering dust. They should be with the families of those who earned them.”
The Military Medal Return Bill, sponsored by Representative Vicki Englund in the House and handled by Senator Dan Brown in the Senate, passed each chamber unanimously and was given final approval as an amendment to SB 186. Governor Jay Nixon signed the bill into law on July 10.
The new law allows Treasurer Zweifel to publicize information about military medals and insignia and coordinate with veterans’ organizations to help return them. A complete list of Unclaimed Property owners with military medals is available on the website, www.ShowMeMoney.com. The list includes 48 names and five unknown owners. It is searchable by name, city, county and medal type. One of the safe deposit boxes with an unknown owner includes a Purple Heart.
“We look forward to working with Treasurer Zweifel to return the military medals he holds in Unclaimed Property,” said George D. Newell of the Vietnam Veterans of America. “The medals and insignia servicemen and women earn throughout their service are symbols of their commitment to our nation. By returning these medals to our veterans and their families, we honor their sacrifice for our country and preserve a part of their family legacy.”
These medals are a small part of the more than $760 million in Unclaimed Property Treasurer Zweifel protects. Individuals, businesses and local governments can check for their name on the Unclaimed Property database 24 hours a day at www.ShowMeMoney.com.
About Treasurer Zweifel’s Unclaimed Property
State law requires financial institutions, insurance companies, public agencies and other business entities to turn over assets to Treasurer Zweifel that belong to a customer, client, employee or other owner if there have been no documented transactions or contact with the owner for five or more years. Most Unclaimed Property consists of cash from bank accounts, stocks, bonds and contents of safe deposit boxes that have been abandoned. It also can include uncollected insurance policy proceeds, government refunds, utility deposits and wages from past jobs. Treasurer Zweifel does not handle real property such as land and houses or certain types of personal property such as cars and boats. There is $760 million in Unclaimed Property maintained by Treasurer Zweifel. Treasurer Zweifel never charges for the return of Unclaimed Property.