Monthly Retirement Benefit

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For a nonservice-connected death, if a member has at least five years of eligible vesting retirement service credit, including reciprocal service credit, a surviving spouse may elect a monthly lifetime retirement benefit equal to 60% of the monthly allowance the member would have been entitled to had he or she retired with a nonservice-connected disability as of the date of death.

If there is no surviving spouse, this benefit may be payable to minor children, including stepchildren living with the member, until the age of 18, or through age 21 if they remain unmarried and regularly enrolled as full-time students in an accredited school.