Obama pledges resources for veterans

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - President Barack Obama is promising to make sure the government has all the resources needed to assist U.S. veterans, and he notes their ranks are growing as wars end in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Obama tells a convention of disabled veterans about his commitment to fulfill the country's promise to all who have served their nation - and says that's a promise "for as long as you and your families walk this earth."

The president also said in a speech Saturday in Orlando, Fla., that his administration is making progress in reducing a big backlog of disability claims.

Obama says that with a new generation of veterans, he believes now is the time "to make sure our nation is truly ready, organized and structured to get this right."

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