WASHINGTON (AP) — A 17-member class of mostly wounded veterans has taken up a new fight: putting away child predators.

Several in the class have seen some of the fiercest fighting of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Twenty-nine-year-old Oskar Zepeda served nine tours before a hand grenade and nearly two dozen medical operations forced him to find another career.

The veterans were given about 11 weeks of intensive computer and legal training before being assigned to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement field office.

The veterans mostly work in a lab and scour the computers that agents confiscate while conducting a search warrant.

They have two priorities: analyze the evidence to assist prosecutors and help determine if there are children still in harm's way who need to be rescued.

(Story by: Kevin Freking, The Associated Press)