The family of a medically retired Fort Hood soldier who was killed last year will receive insurance money for the loss of their loved one, thanks to the efforts of a Long Island congressman.
Rep. Tim Bishop, D-N.Y., announced Monday the wife and children of former Sgt. Ryan Dickinson will receive a $400,000 military life insurance benefit they were initially denied.
Dickinson was fatally shot during a Sept. 1 party at a residence at West Fort Hood.
“After Sgt. Dickinson’s death, his family received notice that his insurance policy had been canceled,” Bishop wrote on his Facebook page Monday. “Today, I am pleased to report that after working with the VA, Sgt. Dickinson’s policy has been reinstated.”
Local news station Long Island 12 reported Dickinson’s wife, Heather, said the money would be used for college funds for her children.
Brett Marvin Wessel, 26, a sergeant with 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, was charged in connection with Dickinson’s death.
Wessel’s court-martial was originally scheduled for May, but was postponed by Fort Hood officials. The court-martial is now scheduled to begin Sept. 15.
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