Veteran seeks apology

Published: Jul. 22, 2011 at 7:18 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 28, 2011 at 3:16 PM CDT
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AMARILLO, TX - A local disabled veteran wants an apology from a U.S. government agency claiming it violated his civil rights.

About a month ago, Vietnam veteran Stephen Walker says he voluntarily took off his prosthetic arm to go through security at the Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport. After he successfully went through screening he was told by TSA agents he would have to go through another security check, because he violated a new TSA policy.

"He couldn't give me a real answer as to what the policy was. One reason that he did give was that by taking off my limb people would have felt the TSA made me do it and that was an embarrassment for TSA." said Walker.

The Vietnam veteran lost his arm in an ambush during the war. He tells NewsChannel 10,  going through the second security check was embarrassing and hurtful to him.

"It reminded me of the same treatment and disrespect we received when we came home form Vietnam."

Walker has spent the last month trying to get answers about the TSA policy. The TSA couldn't answer any policy questions for NewsChannel 10, but a spokesperson did say the incident was under investigation. Even though Walker wants answers about the new policy, he also wants something else.

"They have yet to come to me and just apologize for embarrassing me publicly." said Walker.

An apology the veteran tells NewsChannel 10,  would bring closure.