Gabrielle Giffords marks third anniversary of shooting by skydiving

The former U.S. representative celebrated her continued rehabilitation on the anniversary of the Tucson shooting.
Posted By Kate Stanton   |   Jan. 8, 2014 at 9:22 PM   |   Comments

Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords marked the third anniversary of the Tucson shooting Wednesday with a New York Times op-ed that compared her continued struggles with physical therapy to the slow push for comprehensive gun control reform.

Oh, and she also went skydiving.

"She’s someone who used to love to sky-dive before this shooting took place," Savannah Guthrie said, filming for the Today show from Tucson. "She hasn’t done it since."

"I have the opportunity to do something I love: skydiving with my friend, former Navy SEAL Jimmy Hatch," Giffords tweeted before the jump. "Southern Arizona will look beautiful & peaceful from the top of the sky."

She even got some well-wishes from the vice president:

" I’ve spent the past three years learning how to talk again, how to walk again. I had to learn to sign my name with my left hand. It’s gritty, painful, frustrating work, every day," Giffords wrote in the Times. "Rehab is endlessly repetitive. And it’s never easy, because once you’ve mastered some movement or action or word, no matter how small, you move on to the next. You never rest."


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