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It has come to the attention of MOPH that certain unscrupulous military memorabilia dealers are selling military-issued Purple Hearts on the secondary market at exorbitant prices; medals engraved with the names of those killed in action command the highest prices.
All too often, these medals were either lost by the families of the servicemember, stolen, or were never properly delivered.
MOPH believes that these medals rightfully belong with those families, as the Purple Heart is often the last tangible item a family receives in memory of their deceased loved one.
This bill would prevent merchants from profiteering off the sale of military-issued Purple Hearts, eliminating the market and making it easier to return them to their rightful owners; it would not prevent the sale of replacement medals through authorized sellers.
This bill is endorsed by Purple Hearts Reunited, a non-profit organization dedicated to returning lost or stolen Purple Hearts to veterans and their families and strongly supported by MOPH.