They've spent years fighting for freedom, but when veterans return home, they are fighting a different battle: unemployment.
Currently the unemployment rate for veterans who enlisted after September 11, 2001 is at 10 percent, which is higher than the national average.
But Washington is hoping to bring that number down in a new house bill that would give state's federal money to streamline the hiring process for EMT jobs.
Currently some states do not accept the military certifications for EMT related jobs. So veterans must retest for positions they've already had years of experience in.
"State's have curtain standards they have to keep," said Chief Kevin Hennis with Rural Metro Fire.
But the bill, if passed, would allow those states to accept military certifications, making it easier for veterans to continue to serve once they finished their military duties.