Judge: VA botched handling of suicidal Marine

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Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A federal judge in Kentucky has found that a Veterans Affairs hospital mishandled a suicidal Marine who went to a medical facility seeking help before killing himself.

U.S. District Judge David Bunning concluded that the VA had a duty to help 21-year-old Cameron Anestis of Georgetown when he went to one of two locations in Lexington.

Anestis, a lance corporal in the Marine reserves, went to a Lexington VA medical center for evaluation and treatment on Aug. 16, 2009, but was turned away after being told treatment wasn’t available there. Anestis went to a second VA center in Lexington the next day and again was rejected for not having a form showing he was a combat veteran.

After arguing with his wife at home, his wife heard a gunshot and he was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot.

Cameron’s wife is seeking 22.5 million dollars from the federal government.

Bunning said there are several issues to resolve before damages can be considered.

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