Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who continues her remarkable recovery after surviving a bullet to the brain a year ago, is stepping down from Congress, she announced in a video message Sunday.
"I don’t remember much from that horrible day, but I will never forget the trust you placed in me to be your voice," Giffords, 41, says in the video. "Thank you for your prayers and for giving me time to recover. I have more work to do on my recovery, so to do what's best for Arizona I will step down this week."
She adds, "I am getting better. My spirits are high. I will return and we will work together for Arizona and this great country."
Giffords was injured by an attempted assassin outside a Tucson grocery store Jan. 8, 2011. The incident left six people dead and 13 wounded, including Giffords.
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