Operation Reunite

(via Flickr/An Honorable German/by (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chris Fahey/Released)

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.