MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A nonprofit group started in Vermont is returning lost or stolen military medals of valor to veterans or their families.
Once the family or veteran is found, Purple Hearts Reunited holds a return ceremony to give back the medal.
A ceremony is planned Sunday in Harrison, Maine, to return a lost Purple Heart to the family of Sergeant James Albert Hanlon, who died in World War II. His body is buried in Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale, New York.
The group says it also has ceremonies planned in South Dakota, New Jersey, Illinois, North Carolina, Georgia, Maine, Tennessee, New York, Washington and Texas.
It's launched an online fundraising campaign to help cover the costs of returning 25 medals in the next six months. Donations can be made to www.gofundme.com/bb7o2g .
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