Except as provided in subsection (a), section nine of this
article, any member who dies as a result of any service-related
illness or injury after the effective date is entitled to a lump
sum burial benefit of $5,000. If the member is married, the burial
benefit shall be paid to the member's spouse. If the member is not
married, the burial benefit shall be paid to the member's estate
for the purposes of paying burial expenses, settling the member's
final affairs, or both. Burial benefits awarded pursuant to this
section are not subject to division or payable to an alternate
payee by any Qualified Domestic Relations Order.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2014 1st Special Session
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