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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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