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(a) An active member of the Alaska National Guard, or a former member who was an active member on or after January 1, 1969, or a member of the Alaska Naval Militia on or after July 1, 1980, is eligible for a retirement pension
(1) upon voluntary retirement from the Alaska National Guard or Alaska Naval Militia after a total of 20 years or more of satisfactory service in the Alaska National Guard, Alaska Naval Militia, or the armed forces of the United States, and the reserves of them, or any combination of service in these components if at least five years of the service is in the Alaska National Guard or Alaska Naval Militia; or
(2) upon involuntary separation because of federal standards imposed on the Alaska National Guard or Alaska Naval Militia, regardless of length of service, unless the separation occurs as a result of the member's own misconduct, misrepresentation, or unwillingness to satisfy established standards for continued participation.
(b) The retirement pension is $100 a month, payable for the same number of months that the member participated satisfactorily in the Alaska National Guard or Alaska Naval Militia. The member may instead elect to receive the retirement pension
(1) in a lump sum that is actuarially determined to be equal to the value, at the time of retirement, of the entire pension due; or
(2) in a monthly amount that will result in payment by the member's 72nd birthday of an amount that is determined to be the actuarial equivalent of the entire pension due at the time of retirement.
(c) An eligible member or former member may elect to receive the retirement pension beginning on the first day of the month in which the member or former member becomes eligible for retirement, or the member or former member may elect to defer payment to a later date. Payment of a deferred retirement benefit may not begin until application for the benefit is filed with and approved by the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs. Deferred retirement payments shall be made monthly at the rate of $100, unless the member elects another form of payment under (b) of this section.
(d) Upon the death of an active member who has at least five years service in the Alaska National Guard or Alaska Naval Militia or a combination of these components, the member's designated beneficiary is entitled to a lump sum benefit calculated in accordance with (b) of this section. Upon the death of a former member who has at least 20 years service, the former member's designated beneficiary is entitled to a lump sum benefit calculated in accordance with (b) of this section less any retirement benefits previously paid. Except as provided in (e) of this section, a member may change or revoke the designation of a beneficiary without notice to the beneficiary at any time. If a member designates more than one beneficiary, each shares equally unless the member specifies a different allocation. The member shall make a designation of a beneficiary or a change or revocation of a beneficiary on a form provided by the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs. It is not effective until filed with the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs. If a member fails to designate a beneficiary or if no designated beneficiary survives the member, the department, except to the extent provided otherwise in a qualified domestic relations order, shall pay the death benefit under this subsection to the
(1) surviving spouse; or, if there is none surviving,
(2) surviving children in equal parts; or, if there is none surviving,
(3) surviving parents in equal parts; or, if there is none surviving,
(4) member's estate.
(e) Notwithstanding any previous designation of beneficiary, the spouse of a member at the time of the member's death automatically becomes the designated beneficiary if the spouse was married to the member during part of the member's service under this chapter
(1) except to the extent a qualified domestic relations order provides for payment to a former spouse or other dependent of the member; or
(2) unless the member files with the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs a revocation of beneficiary and a written consent to the revocation signed by the present spouse and each person entitled to benefits under the order on forms provided by the department; however, consent of the present spouse is not required if the member and the present spouse had been married for less than two years on the date of the member's death and if the member established when filing the revocation that the member and the spouse were not cohabiting.
(f) A person claiming entitlement to any benefits payable under this section shall provide the department with a marriage certificate, divorce or dissolution decree, or other evidence of entitlement. Documents showing entitlement may be filed with the department immediately after a change in the member's marital status. If the department does not receive notification of a claim before the date 10 days after the member's death, the person claiming entitlement to the benefits is not entitled to receive from the Department of Administration or Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs any benefit already paid under this section.
(g) Except as provided in this subsection or AS 29.45.030(a)(1), amounts held in the system on behalf of a member or other person who is or may become eligible for benefits under the system are exempt from Alaska state and municipal taxes and are not subject to anticipation, alienation, sale, transfer, assignment, pledge, encumbrance, or charge of any kind, either voluntary or involuntary, before they are received by the person entitled to the amount under the terms of the system, and any attempt to anticipate, alienate, sell, transfer, assign, pledge, encumber, charge, or otherwise dispose of any right to amounts accrued in the system is void. However,
(1) a member's right to receive benefits or the member contribution account may be assigned
(A) under a qualified domestic relations order; or
(B) to a trust or similar legal device that meets the requirements for a Medicaid-qualifying trust under AS 47.07.020(f) and 42 U.S.C. 1396p(d)(4);
(2) a member may elect to have the taxable portion of the qualifying distributions transferred directly to another plan or individual retirement arrangement qualified under the federal Internal Revenue Code.
(h) Amounts held in the system and benefits payable under this section are exempt from garnishment, execution, or levy as provided in AS 09.38 (Alaska Exemptions Act).
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Alaska Statutes Title 26. Military Affairs, Veterans, Disasters, and Aerospace § 26.05.224. Retirement benefits - last updated April 21, 2021 | https://codes.findlaw.com/ak/title-26-military-affairs-veterans-disasters-and-aerospace/ak-st-sect-26-05-224/
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