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The TSA has been under fire for a search of a marine at Sky Harbor airport two weeks ago.

The active duty marine had lost both his legs to an explosive device and was undergoing a screening at Sky Harbor.

TSA agents made him remove his prosthetic legs and forced him to stand so agents could search his wheelchair.

To answer the criticism, the TSA is making changes to how wounded warriors are screened.

TSA will offer expedited screening to severely injured military members starting Thursday at airports nationwide.

Wounded warriors will be offered curb to gate services and be eligible to go through security screenings without having to take off their shoes, light jackets or hats.

The TSA established their Wounded Warrior Screening program in 2005 and say they work to make wounded warrior's airport experiences "as simple and trouble-free as possible."

Wounded warriors will be given the same expedited screening as active duty military members; they don't have to remove their shoes or boots unless they make security alarms go off.

To be eligible for this service, a Wounded Warrior or traveling companion should email the Military Severely Injured Joint Services Operations Center at MSIJSOC@dhs.gov or call 1-888-262-2396 with itinerary information for the traveling party. Traveling companions will receive standard screening.

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