VP Biden pledges continued support for veterans

VP Biden pledges continued support for veterans

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US Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a dedication ceremony naming a Capitol Visitor Center conference room in honor of former Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords' slain aide Gabe Zimmerman at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on April 16, 2013. Zimmerman was killed in the January 2011 shooting that left 6 dead and Giffords severely wounded at an event in Tucson, Arizona. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on August 27, 2013 at 8:33 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 27 at 4:28 PM

HOUSTON (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden is telling the nation's largest veterans organization that he and other officials will continue to honor what he called the country's "one sacred obligation" -- that is, to support soldiers and their families both during war and once they return home.

The pledge came in a Tuesday speech in Houston to the annual American Legion convention.

Biden cited increased budgets, improved medical care and better efforts to bring veterans into the workforce as examples of the Obama administration's commitment to veterans and their families.

It was Biden's second trip to Houston this month. Last week, he was in town as his son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, underwent tests at a Houston hospital.

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