Giffords to Receive JFK Profile in Courage Award

Image: Giffords to Receive JFK Profile in Courage Award Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, seen here revisiting the site of the mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz. that left her critically wounded in January 2011, will receive this year's John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Friday, 08 Mar 2013 11:39 AM

 

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Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has been named this year's recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award.

The JFK Library and Museum announced Friday that the Arizona Democrat is being honored for the "political, personal, and physical courage she has demonstrated in her fearless public advocacy for policy reforms aimed at reducing gun violence."

Giffords was critically injured in a shooting during a constituent meeting in a supermarket parking lot in Casas Adobes, Ariz., in January 2011. Six people died, including a judge, one of Giffords' staffers, and a 9-year-old girl. Giffords continues to recover.

The award is presented annually to public servants who have made courageous decisions of conscience without regard for the personal or professional consequences.

President Kennedy's daughter, Caroline, will present the award May 5.

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