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Gabrielle Giffords to visit White House for husband Mark Kelly’s retirement ceremony

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) will visit the White House on Thursday to attend a retirement ceremony there for her husband, astronaut and U.S. Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, Vice President Biden announced via Twitter.

TOMORROW at 1pm, VP to welcome USN Capt Mark Kelly and @Rep_Giffords to White House for Capt Kelly’s military retirement ceremonyWed Oct 05 17:15:37 via webOffice of VP Biden

Giffords is not expected to drop by her House office or conduct any official duties in what will be her second trip to Washington since she was shot ack in Tucson, Ariz., on Jan. 8.

Kelly announced that he would retire from the Navy and NASA in June to spend more time with Giffords during her recuperation. Kelly, 47, served in the Navy for 25 years and commanded the final mission of the space shuttle Endeavour in May.

According to a statement issued by Giffords’ congressional office, Biden will administer a retirement oath, and he and Kelly will each give brief remarks at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at 1 p.m.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden will attend the ceremony, along with a handful of Kelly’s and Giffords's colleagues in Congress and at NASA.

Giffords last visited Washington in August to vote on raising the nation’s debt ceiling.

This post has been corrected; it originally said Giffords was shot in a sniper attack.

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Natalie Jennings is a Web producer for PostTV.


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