Using One Arm, Giffords Serves Dinner to Troops

By Forward Staff

Published November 25, 2011.

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords helped serve a Thanksgiving meal to service members and retirees at a military base in her hometown of Tucson, Ariz., news reports said.

Giffords used only her left hand as she served up food to servicemembers, a poignant sign that physical damage remains from the injuries she suffered when she was shot and critically in January.

Giffords wore a baseball cap and an apron with her nickname of “Gabby” sewn on the front. She was accompanied by her astronaut husband, Mark Kelly, who also donned an apron.

Kelly supported Giffords from her left side as she worked the turkey station on the serving line.

Afterward, she mingled with service members, exchanging pleasantries and mostly one word greetings and responses with soldiers.

She did tell Airman 1st Class Millie Gray, of Kansas City, Mo., “Happy Thanksgiving, thank you for your service,” the Associated Press reported.



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