Illinois officials hope to return nearly 200 forgotten war medals and other military artifacts to their rightful owners.
Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford announced the project - called Operation Reunite - on Friday, Veterans Day.
Former Illinois State Rep. Ron Stephens, a Highland Republican and a Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient, is the project's honorary chairman.
The treasurer's office takes care of the military artifacts, storing them in a vault beneath the Capitol.
Many items ended up there because they were stored in a family safety deposit box and forgotten. Banks eventually turn over the contents of neglected safety deposit boxes to the treasurer's office.