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Well...for what it's worth, the <tongue in cheek> great Southern States,</tongue in cheek> paid the widows of the Confederate Army soldiers, regardless of when they got married.
http://www.confederate-rose.org/widow-Alberta_Martin.htm

I find this a remarkable example of how stubborn southern people can be.

On a more serious note, military retirement is able to be transfered to a spouse, whom you maryy, after you retire:
http://www.dod.mil/militarypay/survivor/sbp/10_start.html

Cheers,
Nuclear Redneck

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