The "West Virginia legion of merit" may be awarded for exceptional meritorious service, achievement or bravery:
(a) To present or former officers and enlisted members of the West Virginia national guard;
(b) To present or former members of active military components, national guard members of other states and other reserve components;
(c) To civilians who have rendered conspicuous or distinguished service to the West Virginia national guard, the state of West Virginia or the United States of America.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2012 1st Special Session