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- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 26. Military Affairs, Veterans, and Disasters
- Chapter 10. Veterans
- Section 80. Death Gratuity.
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AS 26.10.080. Death Gratuity.
- (a) The Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs shall pay, upon application, a death gratuity in the amount of $750
to the surviving spouse of a qualified veteran who was a resident of the state at the time of death. If the veteran has
no surviving spouse, the gratuity shall be paid to the personal representative of the veteran. A veteran is qualified
under this subsection if the veteran's
- (1) burial occurred in the state on or after May 13, 1984; or
- (2) death occurred on or after September 19, 1990.
- (b) A death gratuity may be paid for a veteran otherwise eligible under (a) of this section even if the veteran died while
temporarily absent from the state.
- (c) The Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs may not pay a death gratuity unless the veteran for whom payment is
made received an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions.
- (d) In this section
- (1) "personal representative" includes administrator, executor, special administrator, successor personal representative,
and persons who perform substantially the same function under the law governing their status;
- (2) "veteran" means
- (A) a person who served in a branch of the armed services of the United States
- (i) who at the time of entry into the service was a resident of the territory or state, who had been a resident for not
less than one year immediately before entry into the service, and who returned to the territory or state within one
year after discharge as a resident with the intention of remaining in the territory or state; or
- (ii) who was a resident of the state for not less than one year immediately preceding the time of death; or
- (B) a person who served in the Alaska Territorial Guard, the Alaska Army National Guard, the Alaska Air National Guard, or
the Alaska Naval Militia, or who served in a reserve unit of the United States armed forces in Alaska if the reserve
unit required a minimum of one weekend of duty each month and 15 consecutive days of active duty training each year for
not less than three years.
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