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Hello Della,My name isXXXXX a licensed attorney. Glad to try and help out.Sure sorry for your predicament, truly. My heart goes out to you.Please believe me when I say it brings me no pleasure to share the following information with you. I didn't enact the law, and personally I often disagree with various provisions, but nevertheless here's the truth. I won't do you the disservice of lying or misleading you. So, that being said, here's the truthful way the law works in such cases. Pursuant to what is known as the "20/20/20" rule, codified at 10 U.S.C. §1072(2)(F), you are not eligible.I am truly sorry.If you have a follow-up question or need clarification, please just say the word by using "reply" to reach me.I hope all works out for you. Take care,Ben, J.D.
Hi Ben what is the 20/20/20 rule
Thanks for writing back. Great to hear from you!
It's a requirement that: (1) you were married for 20 years or greater; (2) your marriage was consecutively 20 years or greater (no gaps); and (3) your spouse served a 20 year credit towards retired military pay or greater. That's where the three "20s" come into play.
Here's the actual law:
10 U.S.C. §1072(2)(F)