Gabrielle Giffords to be in White House for Husband Kelly's Retirement

  on October 06 2011 3:02 AM

Rep Gabrielle Giffords will be visiting the White house on Thursday for her husband, astronaut and U.S Navy Captain, Mark Kelly's retirement ceremony.

The announcement was made by Vice President Biden via twitter. The tweet said TOMORROW at 1pm, VP to welcome USN Capt Mark Kelly and @Rep_Giffords to White House for Capt Kelly's military retirement ceremony. 

Mark Kelly, 47, who served in the Navy for 25 years and commanded the final mission of the space shuttle Endeavour in May, announced his retirement from NASA and Navy in June so that he can spend more time with Gifford, reported Wasington Post. Gifford is still recovering from a gunshot attack in Tucson, Ariz., on Jan. 8 this year.

Gifford, 41, is traveling from Huston to Washington with Kelly on Thursday and will not go to Capitol Hill or do anything related to business, said her office announcement.

Her recovery has been called miraculous and in lightning speed by doctors. She is the only severely wounded survivor of the Tucscon rampage, when alleged gunman Jared Loughner shot 19 people, six fatally.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden will also be present at the ceremony, along with Kelly's and Giffords' colleagues in Congress and at NASA, the report said.

Giffords latest visit to Washington was in August when she had been there to vote on raising the nation's debt ceiling.

 

 

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