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354A.097 Prior or uncredited military service credit purchase.

Subdivision 1. Service credit purchase authorized. A teacher who has at least three years of allowable service credit with the teachers retirement fund association and who performed service in the United States Armed Forces before becoming a teacher as defined in section 354A.011, subdivision 27, or who failed to obtain service credit for a military leave of absence period under section 354A.093, is entitled to purchase allowable service credit for the initial period of enlistment, induction, or call to active duty without any voluntary extension by making payment under section 356.55, provided the teacher is not entitled to receive a current or deferred retirement annuity from a United States Armed Forces pension plan and has not purchased service credit from another defined benefit public employee pension plan for the same period of service.

Subd. 2. Application and documentation. A teacher who desires to purchase service credit under subdivision 1 must apply with the executive director or secretary of the respective teachers retirement fund association to make the purchase. The application must include all necessary documentation of the teacher's qualifications to make the purchase, signed written permission to allow the executive director or secretary to request and receive necessary verification of applicable facts and eligibility requirements, and any other relevant information that the executive director or secretary may require. Payment must be made before the teacher's effective date of retirement.

Subd. 3. Service credit grant. Allowable service credit for the purchase period must be granted by the applicable teachers retirement fund association to the purchasing teacher on receipt of the purchase payment amount.

HIST: 1999 c 222 art 16 s 7

* NOTE: This section, as added by Laws 1999, chapter 222, *article 16, section 7, is repealed effective May 16, 2003. Laws *1999, chapter 222, article 16, section 16, as amended by Laws *2002, chapter 392, article 7, section 1.

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