A retired U.S. Marine severely injured in Iraq was subjected to extra scrutiny at a California airport and at the state capitol building for wearing “too much metal” — an inspection that shocked his travel companion as well as bystanders, the 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.