Report Faults Veterans Affairs 

A U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs report finds fault with the medical treatment given to a former Marine from Maine who was shot and killed by law enforcement officers at a VA hospital in Augusta. The report released last week says James Popkowski grew increasingly depressed amid failures that included poor communication and denial of prescription drugs. The 37-year-old veteran had leukemia and left the Marines in 2003 with an honorable discharge. On July 8, officers responded to a shot fired at the VA Medical Center and confronted Popkowski. He was shot in the neck. The report recommends that corrective actions at the Maine VA be completed by February. The Maine Attorney General’s office is completing its own investigation. (AP)