Ariz. Vet Gives His Purple Heart Coin to Giffords

Saturday, 19 Mar 2011 02:19 PM

 

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SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona veteran who received a Purple Heart after being wounded in Iraq has given part of his award to U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

The Arizona congresswoman is recovering after being shot in the head outside a Tucson supermarket in January.

Al Lee says she was wounded in the line of duty, just like he was in 2003 when he served as an Army National Guard sergeant.

The 53-year-old Lee travelled to Giffords' Tucson office this week. He presented the special coin to one of Giffords' staff members, Pam Simon, who was among the 13 people wounded in the Jan. 8 rampage that left six dead.

Giffords' press secretary plans to present it to the congresswoman this weekend in her hospital room in Houston, where she continues to undergo rehabilitation.

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