The Purple Heart, the oldest military award still given to U.S. military members, is awarded in the name of the president to those wounded or killed while serving with the military.
It is one of the most prestigious honors bestowed upon our service men and women, but, as time passes on, Purple Hearts and other medals can be lost during moves, estate sales, and are sometimes even stolen.
We have rescued medals in many different places; from retirement homes to storage lockers, abandoned houses to buried in the ground. Medals have been confiscated in robberies, turned into government agencies and found in old furniture and vehicles. Many medals are even returned to us anonymously and, in some instances, we’ve had to spend large amounts of money to buy back medals from online sources.
The Valor Rescue team at Purple Hearts Reunited spends a considerable amount of time researching and locating the original recipient or family and when possible, conducts a “Return Ceremony” to reunite the veteran or family with the medal. If no veteran or family member can be found, a home of honor is located for the medal, such as a military museum.
Once the original recipient, family or home of honor is located, plans are made to conduct our ceremony. Purple Hearts Reunited will travel to the veteran’s hometown or the home of their family to conduct these events.
If you find a medal, please let us know by contacting us at the following link: Found Purple Heart