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Giffords to sit with Grijalva, Flake at State of the Union

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Giffords to sit with Grijalva, Flake at State of the Union

Before she resigns her office this week, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will attend President Obama's State of the Union on Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

Giffords will sit between U.S. Reps. Jeff Flake, R-Mesa, and Raúl Grijalva, D-Tucson, said Giffords' spokesman Mark Kimble.

The congresswoman invited Tucsonan Brian Kolfage, a former Air Force airman who lost an arm and both legs in a 2004 mortar attack in Iraq, to attend the president's address. Kolfage, who is now studying architecture at the University of Arizona, is a Giffords supporter who served on her Veterans Advisory Council.

President Obama invited Giffords' husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, to be his guest. Kelly will sit with first lady Michelle Obama during the State of the Union, Kimble said.

Giffords announced Sunday that she was stepping down from Congress to focus on her recovery. The congresswoman was shot through the left side of her brain a year ago, and has only cast a single vote in Congress since the attack.

In what her office said was her final Tucson act as a member of Congress, Giffords paid a visit Monday to the Food Bank family assistance center named for her.

Giffords quietly spoke with Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona staff and volunteers and toured the Gabrielle Giffords Family Assistance Center.

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