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W.Va. Pension Board OKs National Guard Service Credits

Consolidated Public Retirement Board

  Public employees who also serve in the West Virginia National Guard can count time spent on active duty status toward their state pensions.

They also can receive military service credit for time spent on training missions.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the state Consolidated Retirement Board approved the changes in a ruling issued Wednesday. The ruling came in an appeal by former West Virginia National Guard Adjutant General Allen Tackett regarding his service credits.

The ruling also says National Guard members qualify for a month of military service for any month in which they have 10 or more days on active duty.

Hearing officer Jack DeBolt says Tackett’s appeal is intended to set a precedent to extend benefits to other public retirees with National Guard service.