HOUSTON -

Gov. Rick Perry has no doubt been a busy man, adding presidential campaigning to his duties.

Decision 2012 came to Houston Saturday night as Perry made his first visit since announcing his run for president.

At Minute Maid Park, he turned his attention to U.S. servicemen and servicewomen at the Lone Survivor Foundation Gala.

The foundation helps wounded combat veterans and their families.

While Perry was recently featured on the cover of Time magazine, guests at the gala got a lot closer to the governor. Military men and women accepted Perry's gratitude for their service in person.

"There is no higher form of public service than to wear the uniform of our country," Perry said. "We want to pledge to never waiver in our commitment to you and the freedom you have fought for. As Texans and Americans, we can do nothing less than support."

Perry didn't venture far into politics in his keynote address. He did focus on recent victories in the war on terror, specifically thanking the Navy SEALs for their role in the death of Osama Bin Laden.

Organizers of the second annual gala also acknowledged Perry's busy schedule, saying that they were grateful he set aside his time for them.

"There are so many wonderful people here eager to help," said Holly Luttrell, mother of the foundation creator, U.S. Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell. "We are blessed."