Law extends time to claim war medals

Thursday, June 23, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:49 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

JEFFERSON CITY — Veterans of World War II and the Korean War have more time to seek medals of recognition from the state under legislation signed Wednesday by Gov. Matt Blunt.

The current World War II medal program expired in July 2004, and the Korean program expired in January. That left the state with medals to give out but no authority to distribute them.

The new law sets no date by which veterans or their families must apply for the medals, but instead allows them to be distributed until the medal supply runs out.

More than 50,000 Missourians have received medals already, Blunt said.

The measure also removes language requiring the veteran to be a Missouri resident as of 2000 or 2003, and instead allows the medals to be given to current residents and those who lived in Missouri while they served in the military.

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