Gabby Giffords named honorary chairwoman for military spouses group
November 15th, 2013
04:43 PM ET
10 months ago

Gabby Giffords named honorary chairwoman for military spouses group

Washington (CNN) - Since leaving her role as U.S. Representative for Arizona's 8th district last year, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has become a national advocate for gun control reform, but is also devoting herself to another personal issue.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation announced Friday that she will serve as the honorary chairwoman of its "Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse" program. Giffords is married to former Navy Captain and NASA astronaut Mark Kelly.

As a military wife herself, Giffords wants to raise awareness about the difficulties for spouses to find jobs when frequently needing to relocate.

Her nomination comes after she was named Honorary Military Spouse of the Year by Military Spouse Magazine in 2011. Earlier that year, Giffords was severely wounded during a mass shooting at an Arizona shopping center that left six dead and 12 others injured.

"Her unwavering drive and positive attitude in the face of adversity exemplifies the qualities that make military spouses ideal candidates for employers," Laura Dempsey, director of the program, said in a statement.

The Military Spouse Employment Advocacy Council connects spouses to almost a dozen companies who pledge to hire them. Since 2012, the program has hosted 20 job fairs a year.

–CNN's Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.


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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Gabrielle Giffords is truly a remarkable person.

    November 15, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  2. Rick Patel

    Mark gets himself some more face-time.

    November 15, 2013 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |