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My name is Mandy and I live in Washington DC. I like dogs, fountain pop, and Jason Bateman. Joe Biden is my spirit animal.

Gabrielle Giffords’s Navy SEAL Skydive. ›

Giffords wasn’t renowned as a daredevil, but her response wouldn’t have shocked those who knew her political pluck. She gave the team her email address, and the SEAL contacted her when they were planning a training trip to Arizona. She replied that she was going to be in her district that weekend, meeting staff. He repeated the invitation to come jump with them. “She said, ‘Yeah, let’s do it,’” he recalls.

On the appointed morning, the SEAL expected Giffords to arrive with a big staff. She came on her own. “She showed up in jeans and a sweatshirt and had breakfast with us,” he says. “A super-gregarious person who enjoys people.”

The SEAL recalled something she had told him when they were talking on the day of the jump. “I asked her, ‘In your opinion, what is the one thing we could do as a country to make our nation better?’” he says. “She said, ‘You know, if everybody worked just a little bit harder, the amount of good that would occur would be monumental. Everybody just needs to work a little bit harder.’” (Daly, The Daily Beast)