Updated: 11/29/2013 10:48 PM
Created: 11/29/2013 10:46 PM KSTP.com
By: Sean Boswell
(ABC 6 News) -- While serving overseas, Miraha Behly experienced what life was like in a war zone. Death could come any day. Something she learned as she was shot at. But Friday night, she was honored for her service and sacrifice.
"I started crying immediately," said Miraha Behly, a Glenville veteran being awarded $3,500 in Albert Lea.
Behly says readjusting after serving more than a year in Iraq and Kuwait was difficult.
"I didn't believe that I could win it," said Behly of the award.
Behly says she loved what she did. She served 10 years with the Army National Guard. She finished serving in October.
"We go through the Veteran’s Administration, the Legions, the VFW's and stuff and they pick the candidates for us to choose," said Bryce Haugland, Albert Lea Director of The Nation of Patriots.
"I thought there was hundreds of soldiers that would get submitted and so I thought yeah not gonna be me," said Behly.
To raise the money, The Nation of Patriots has about 90,000 motorcyclists ride across the country with a combat flag. In late august, the group rode through the southeast Minnesota/Northern Iowa area, raising money that now belongs to Behly.
"The best thing I can say for anybody is if you have a loved one overseas, or if you happen to be overseas, communication, communication, communication is the best key to get through it," said Behly.
Behly has dealt with financial and medical concerns since she's returned home. She says the money she received tonight will be a huge help.