Giffords returning to DC for husband's retirement ceremony

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Tucson congresswoman shot and seriously wounded 10 months ago is returning to Washington, D.C. today.  Gabrielle Giffords plans to attend a ceremony Thursday marking her husband's retirement from the U.S. Navy.

Giffords Tucson office announced the trip in a Wednesday news release.

Captain Mark Kelly will officially retire from the U.S. Navy in a ceremony in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House.  Vice President Joe Biden will preside over the ceremony.

The trip will mark the sixth time Giffords has left her rehabilitation in Houston since she arrived there in late January.  This will be her second trip to the nation's capital in that time period.  The release says the Congresswoman is not expected to go to Capitol Hill or conduct any congressional business during the trip.  It says she will return to Houston soon after the ceremony concludes.

Kelly, a former NASA astronaut, left the Navy on October 1st, but the ceremony marking the occasion was schedule for Thursday.  Kelly has received numerous awards over his career and will receive two more in the Thursday ceremony.   He'll receive the Legion of Merit and the Distinguished Flying Cross medals.

The release says among those attending the ceremony will be NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi along with other members of Congress.