The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

January 22, 2013

Judge says state employees who serve in National Guard entitled to pension credits

Associated Press

CHARLESTON — A judge believes West Virginia’s longest-serving National Guard chief deserves a better pension.

State law boosts the retirement benefits of public employees for their military service. But retired Adjutant Gen. Allen Tackett says state officials wrongly denied him service credits.

Kanawha Circuit Judge Carrie Webster agreed with Tackett in a Tuesday order. The ruling applies to all state employees with similar National Guard service.

Tackett sought credits for federally mandated training during times of armed conflict. He cites how the Consolidated Public Retirement Board has granted credits for such training for employees serving in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Tackett began his National Guard service in 1963, and retired in 2010. He became adjutant general in 1995, and so joined the Public Employees Retirement System that year.