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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

AMVETS Expresses Condolences to Rep. Giffords and Staff

This morning, AMVETS National Commander Jerry Hotop sent a letter of condolences to Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, expressing his condolences on behalf of AMVETS and wishing the congresswoman the best in her recovery in the wake of the shooting that took place at a constituent event hosted by Giffords last weekend.
Hotop expressed his sentiments to the family of Gabe Zimmerman, a constituent staffer for Giffords who was killed in the attack and also commended the professional staff and interns who helped to save lives during the event.

Hotop called the shooting a "dark day" for America's political discourse and echoed national calls for respect and cooperation in solving the complex issues facing our nation today.

Giffords, who is an Air Force wife and serves on the House Armed Services Committee, remains in critical condition at Arizona University Medical Center, but CNN reports she is now breathing on her own and doctors remain hopeful for recovery.

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  1. Thank you very much Commander Hotop for your beautiful, thoughtful letter to Rep. Giffords. You expressed my thoughts exactly. In this environment of mean-assed politics and divisiveness you summed things up handily and made me again proud to be an American (and sadly, I haven't felt proud for a while). You rose above the fray with class.

    A Mississippi Disabled Veteran

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