A retired U.S. Marine severely injured in Iraq was subjected to extra scrutiny by the TSA for wearing "too much metal" -- an inspection that shocked both the Marine and bystanders, the MilitaryTimes.com reported.
Cpl. Nathan Kemnitz, who was gravely wounded in 2004 from a roadside bomb in Iraq, has limited use of his right arm and is incapable of lifting it above his head, according to the website.
During a recent trip to the state capitol building in Sacramento, Calif. -- where Kemnitz was being honored as his legislative district's veteran of the year -- the retired Marine was reportedly asked to remove his dress shirt. He was also asked by TSA workers at Sacramento International Airport to lift his arms above his head during a full-body scan. Kemnitz could not comply with either request, telling Military Times, "My right arm doesn't work. It's a lot of hassle for me to do that."
Kemnitz's travel partner, Patricia Martin, was outraged following the incidents and wrote to Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to express her anger.
"What does a uniform and heroism represent if our own citizens — in this case employees of the TSA and security personnel — have no regard for them?" Martin reportedly wrote.
"I feel so strongly that you need to know just how shamefully even a Purple Heart recipient/disabled veteran can be treated by some TSA and security employees," she said, according to the website.