CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia lawmakers have so far been unable to revisit a state policy that rewards public employees for their military service by enhancing their pensions.
State law counts additional years toward the retirement of veterans, depending on their service and whether they are troopers, teachers or rank-and-file workers. For those enrolled in the Public Employees Retirement System, the state's main program, veterans can receive up to five years' credit for active duty service during a draft or "a period of armed conflict.''
A number of veterans allege that officials have not followed that policy fairly or consistently. The Legislature has considered proposals over at least the past decade addressing what kind of service qualifies for credits. None has gone very far.