At a moment's notice, members of the West Virginia National Guard responded to the derecho in June and the blizzard from the Superstorm Sandy in October.
But while they responded in a timely manner to two major emergencies, Kanawha Circuit Judge Carrie Webster has yet to make a decision following a May 14 hearing on a case involving the pensions of National Guard personnel.
Maj. Gen. Allen Tackett and the state Consolidated Retirement Board are at odds over whether state employees who are in the Guard should receive
extra pension credits for training during wartime.
The state gives such credits to public employees on "active duty" military service.
The judge's decision likely won't be the final call, as the case likely will be appealed to the state Supreme Court. But while lawyers can do just about anything, they cannot appeal a decision that has not been made.
The suit was filed in March 2012.
Webster's dawdling has caught the attention of the high court twice before. In April justices ordered her to issue a ruling on the petition of a convicted murderer that was filed more than two years earlier.
Members of the West Virginia National Guard do deserve an answer.
Webster should be prompt about providing one.