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Hero Intern Daniel Hernandez: ‘Call to Action for Public Service’

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' hero intern, Daniel Hernandez, caps a whirlwind of a month with a seat in first lady Michelle Obama's box for honored guests at the State of the Union address Tuesday night.

In town for the big night, Hernandez told ABC News that it's "bittersweet" to be a guest of the first lady. He said he looks forward to meeting the family of Christina Taylor Green, the slain 9-year-old whose parents are also guests of the first lady.

"I'm looking forward to being able to sit down with them and just have a conversation," Hernandez said. "I think it's going to be very cathartic for myself and I'm hoping for them as well, to be able to just talk about the events and also kind of coming together."

Hernandez –- who turned 21 years old Tuesday –- said his experience has strengthened his resolve to pursue a career in public service.

"The only thing that I want to come out of this is really two things; the first, a more positive and unified message which the president put out in Tucson at the memorial...and the other is more public service," he said.

"The events that happened in Tucson on the 8th only reinforced my desire to go into public service. So I think it should be more of a call to action for public service."

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Tucson Hero to Join First Lady at State of the Union Address

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Daniel Hernandez Jr., one of the heroes of the mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona, on Jan. 8, told ABC News he will be sitting, along with his father, Daniel Hernandez Sr., with Michelle Obama at the State of the Union on Tuesday.

The address also happens to mark his 21st birthday.

"I'm both honored and excited to have the opportunity to travel to our nation's Capitol for a once in a lifetime event.  Also the chance to bring my father along for his first trip to Washington, D.C.  The State of the Union is a pivotal moment because it is our opportunity to find where we are and where we will be going as a nation in this upcoming year," Hernandez said.

Two weeks ago, Hernandez, an intern for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, rushed to her aid when Jared Loughner allegedly opened fire at one of her public events, killing six people and wounding 14 others, including Giffords.

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