Congresswoman Giffords serves meal to troops

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TUSCON, Ariz.--Troops at Davis Monthan Air Force Base got an extra surprise with their turkey and stuffing this year. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords showed up at the base to great the servicemen and women and help serve meals.

The appearance marks her first constituent event since being injured in the January 8th shootings.

Giffords' office said Davis Monthan officials had asked them to send a representative from the team for the event, but when the Congresswoman heard about it she insisted on going herself.

Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, spent about an hour at the dining room on the base, serving meals, posing for photos, and greeting attendees.

Giffords appeared strong on her feet, smiling and waving.

She didn't make any public remarks, but did thank well-wishers and privately greeted some of the military families.

One of the base leaders who introduced her thanked Giffords for her courage and strength, saying: "It's something a lot of our airmen down range can relate to, so thank you so much for coming out."

Several hundred people attended the event.

Giffords is in Tuscon for Thanksgiving but is expected to return to Houston after the holiday weekend to continue undergoing rehabilitation.