When the men and women of the Washington National Guard are called to serve their country overseas, there are protections in place to ensure their civilian job is waiting for them upon their return.

Under a bill sponsored by Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, employment protections for Guard members serving at home will be improved by allowing the Guard to resolve employment issues first.

Senate Bill 6202 says the men and women of the National Guard should have the same assurance of job security whether they are serving at home or abroad.

“The men and women of the Guard are routinely asked to uproot their lives and the lives of their families at a moment’s notice,” said Hobbs, a veteran of the conflicts in Iraq and Kosovo and an active member of the Guard. “They look out for us, it only makes sense that we return the favor.”

SB 6202 received unanimous support in the Senate. It now heads to the House for further consideration.