Jacksonville Business Journal: ‘Never give up’– Astronaut Mark Kelly helps Brooks Rehab celebrate independence

U.S. Navy Captain and former astronautMark Kelly knows what it’s like to be bolted to the seat of a spaceship and rocketed into orbit by 7 million pounds of thrust. He knows, too, what it’s like to lead flight missions through anti-aircraft fire in the skies over Iraq.


But even Kelly doubted his own personal strength when his wife, former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Arizona), was gunned down by a mentally ill young man while talking to constituents outside a Safeway supermarket in her native Tucson, Ariz.


Critically injured in the 2011 incident, Giffords underwent numerous surgeries and years of rehabilitation but continued to fight courageously, Kelly told a standing-room-only audience at Brooks Rehabilitation in Jacksonville on Saturday.


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