Woman honored in Grand Forks for combat military service

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Valley News Live) A North Dakota woman who served in combat received a special honor Sunday in Grand Forks.

Arlene Dion of Jamestown was given a handmade quilt for her military service. She spent 12 years in the North Dakota Army National Guard and deployed to Saudi Arabia in January of 1991 during Desert Storm.

“My dad passed away in March of 88, so I said I'm going to do this. So I signed in April of 88 and I did it kind of for the money of course to go into college,’ Dion said. “I never thought I'd get the call to go to war.”

Dion said she never considered herself a veteran being a woman, yet she’s grown to understand how important her role in the military was.

The quilt was presented to her by the national non-profit Quilts of Valor Foundation.

Dion said it’s important we honor those military members who don’t make it back home.

Two of her sons are currently enrolled in the military.