Giffords honored as a military spouse

2011-05-06T00:00:00Z Giffords honored as a military spouse Arizona Daily Star
May 06, 2011 12:00 am

The honors keep racking up for U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was critically injured in an assassination attempt Jan. 8.

On Thursday she was named Honorary Military Spouse of the Year by a national magazine.

The congresswoman from Tucson was honored by Military Spouse magazine for courage and bravery as part of Military Spouse Appreciation Day, her office said.

Her husband, Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, is a NASA astronaut and commander of the final flight of the space shuttle Endeavour, which is targeted for launch next week.

Before being assigned to NASA, Kelly flew 39 carrier-based combat missions in Operation Desert Storm. He won numerous medals and later became an instructor pilot at the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School.

Giffords, 40, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, spoke at last year's Military Spouse of the Year event. She was featured on the cover of the November 2008 edition of Military Spouse magazine, which also featured an interview with the congresswoman.

In that interview, Giffords said military spouses "have a solid understanding about commitment to our country and service to our country. They have an understanding that sacrifices are made on behalf of families for service to the nation."

"Congresswoman Giffords is a proud military spouse and deeply committed to being part of this nation's extended military family," said Pia Carusone, Giffords' chief of staff. "She is very appreciative of this honor from an organization that speaks to her peers."

Thursday's event recognized the 1.1 million spouses who provide support to the armed forces. A military spouse from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard was honored, with one of them named the Military Spouse of the Year. Giffords, a third-generation Arizonan, was named the Honorary Military Spouse of the Year.

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