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Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, astronaut Mark Kelly being honored with award aboard USS Midway

Posted: 10:03 AM, Aug 30, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-30 17:03:06Z

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, are receiving a special award that counts the late Sen. John McCain as a recipient.

Giffords and Kelly will be honored with the American Patriot Award Thursday night at the 12th annual Midway American Patriot Award Gala about the USS Midway.

McCain was given the award in 2011.

Money raised at the black-tie event on the carrier's flight deck will benefit a scholarship fund that allows thousands of San Diego students to tour the USS Midway throughout the year.

Organizers said the event raises $200,000 annually for the fund.