Retention of abandoned military medals
- transfer of custody
(1)As used in this section:
(a)“Armed Forces of the United States” has the meaning given that term in ORS 366.931 (Roadside memorial signs).
(b)“Descendant” has the meaning given that term in ORS 111.005 (Definitions for probate law).
(c)“Military medal” means a medal or decoration awarded to a person for military service in the Armed Forces of the United States and presumed to be abandoned under ORS 98.302 (Definitions for ORS 98.302 to 98.436) to 98.436 (Short title).
(d)“Service member” means the person to whom a military medal was initially awarded by the Armed Forces of the United States.
(2)Notwithstanding ORS 98.382 (Sale of abandoned and unclaimed property) and 98.384 (Destruction or disposition of unclaimed property), the State Treasurer may not sell or destroy a military medal. Except as provided in subsection (4) of this section, upon receiving a military medal, the State Treasurer shall retain the military medal until a claim is filed for the military medal by a service member or by a descendant of a deceased service member.
(3)The State Treasurer may make a photograph or other visual depiction of the military medal available to the public, together with any information in the records of the holder, excluding Social Security numbers, that the State Treasurer determines is necessary to facilitate the identification and location of a service member or a descendant of a deceased service member.
(4)The State Treasurer may deliver a military medal to one of the following custodians if the recipient custodian agrees in writing to retain the military medal for the service member or a descendant of a deceased service member:
(a)A military veterans’ organization qualified under section 501(c)(19) of the Internal Revenue Code;
(b)The agency that awarded the military medal;
(c)A state or federal agency; or
(d)The Oregon Military Museum established under ORS 396.555 (Oregon Military Museum established at Camp Withycombe).
(5)If the State Treasurer transfers custody of a military medal as provided in subsection (4) of this section, the State Treasurer is relieved of any duty to safeguard the military medal.
(6)The State Treasurer may adopt rules to implement the provisions of this section, including:
(a)Identifying procedures the State Treasurer must take to reasonably identify a service member or a descendant of a deceased service member.
(b)Specifying documentation necessary for a service member or a descendant of a deceased service member to submit a claim for a military medal.
(c)Prioritizing claims if more than one of a deceased service member’s descendants submits a claim for a military medal. [2018 c.91 §2; 2019 c.384 §15; 2019 c.678 §79]
Section 98.379 — Retention of abandoned military medals; transfer of custody; rules,