While finding Purple Hearts and rescuing them is a daunting task, it is only the beginning for our team. Once we re-acquire the lost medal, Purple Hearts Reunited spends a considerable amount of time researching and locating the original recipient or family to ensure this high honor is returned to its rightful owner.
We understand how important these medals are to their recipients and their families because we ourselves have lived this; everyone on our team is entrenched in the military life either because we serve or have a loved one that did.
Because of this, when we find or receive a lost Purple Heart or other medal, we scour through hundreds of records to find the owner or their family. The search can take anywhere from minutes to more than a year, depending on the amount of family information available.
Whenever we have more information about the Purple Heart itself, such as names, past residences, year of birth, and detailed circumstances on where and how the medal was found, the easier it is for us to find the rightful owner.