WEBSTER, N.H. (AP) – A New Hampshire mother who was awarded a Bronze Star after serving 18 months in Iraq is sharing the medal with her daughter.

Forty-nine-year-old Kandy Fredette of Webster is a command sergeant major who was deployed to Iraq from June 2005 to May 2006 with the Pennsylvania National Guard.

When she was given the Bronze Star last month, she immediately turned and gave it to her only child, 18-year-old Jacqueline Fredette. The mother says her daughter earned the honor as well because she endured her mother being away from home.

Fredette’s peers describe her as a true leader who provided direction without ego during combat assignments.

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