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Homeless Army Veteran’s Life Turns Around After Pawn Shop Owner Returns His 40-Year-Old Savings Bonds

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While taking inventory of his late father’s pawn shop in Kansas, Chris Mathis made an incredible discovery: dozens of decades-old savings bonds that had never been cashed. He made it his mission to return them all to their original owners.

It proved to be more difficult to find one owner, in particular, a man named Woodrow Wilson Jr, aka Woody. He got hold of Woody’s mugshot from when he’d been arrested once for loitering and contacted WGN-TV news for help. They were eventually able to track down Woody, a homeless Army veteran who’d been living on the streets of Chicago for years.

Woody had pawned the savings bond back in the 1980s, and he certainly wasn’t prepared to be receiving it after all of these years. The handful of hundred dollar bills had matured to just over $3,000. Woody was able to call Chris to thank him personally.