WOODBURY - The Holbrook family of a slain Army sergeant received some unexpected help from a local congressman.

The widow of former Sgt. Ryan Dickinson was at risk of not receiving the death benefit from her husband's life insurance policy. Dickinson was allegedly murdered by Sgt. Brett Marvin Wessel at Fort Hood in Texas in 2013.

After 26-year-old Dickinson's death, his family was told that his military life insurance policy was canceled because the policy was not upgraded within one year of his medical discharge. The combat engineer suffered from PTSD, as well as ankle and lower back injuries.

Rep. Tim Bishop's staff stepped in to help with the matter. His office was able to work with the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs to have Dickinson's policy reinstated.

Heather Dickinson and her two young children have received a $400,000 payout from the reinstated policy. She says her children now have college funds, and her family's future looks a lot brighter.

Wessel was charged with murder in connection with Dickinson's death. Dickinson's wife says the trial against her husband's alleged killer is still pending.