Rep. Giffords helps serve Thanksgiving meal at DMAFB

Tucson, AZ (AP/KOLD) - U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is helping serve a Thanksgiving meal to service members and retirees at a military base in her hometown of Tucson, Ariz.

Giffords arrived in the dining hall at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base wearing a ball cap and an apron with her nickname of "Gabby" sewn on front. She was accompanied by her astronaut husband, Mark Kelly, who also donned an apron.

According to Giffords' office, more than 400 people were expected to attend the Thanksgiving meal at the Desert Inn dining facility at Davis-Monthan. The meal was complete with turkey and all of the traditional Thanksgiving fixings. Dinner also included  prime rib, baked ham, shrimp, plus assorted cheeses and deserts.

The congresswoman first arrived in Tucson on Tuesday evening from Houston for a private visit with her parents and other family members and friends.

Giffords has been undergoing intensive rehabilitation at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston as she recovers from a gunshot wound to the head. She was among 19 people shot Jan. 8 as she met with constituents outside a Tucson supermarket. Six people died. The Thanksgiving meal was the first constituent event for Giffords since the shooting.

We will have much more on this story tonight on KOLD News 13 LIVE at 6 and 10 PM.

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