Click the link at left for an audio message from Gabrielle Giffords to her constituents.
For the first time since her near-fatal shooting on Jan. 8, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords speaks directly to her constituents in a minute-long recording released exclusively to the Star late Monday.
"I miss you. I miss Tucson, the mountains, blue skies, even the heat," she says in a slow but clear voice. "I'm getting stronger. I'm getting better."
Here is the entire text of Giffords' recorded message to the people of Southern Arizona:
Hello, this is Gabby Giffords.
I miss you. I miss Tucson, the mountains, blue skies, even the heat.
I'm getting stronger. I'm getting better.
It has been a hard year - for all of us. Thinking about that day makes me sad. Six people died. Six innocent people. So many people hurt.
There is lot to say. I will speak better.
I want to get back to work. Representing Arizona is my honor.
My staff is there to help you. They keep me informed on your behalf.
I miss you, I miss home. I will see you real soon.