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SATEREN v. SHINSEKI – United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

May 06, 2011


DENNIS SATEREN, Claimant-Appellant,




No. 2011-7067.

United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit. Decided: May 5, 2011.


Dennis Sateren ("Sateren") appeals from a final decision of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims ("Veterans Court"), affirming the decision of the Board of Veterans' Appeals ("Board"), which denied his claim to service-connected benefits for rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory synovitis. Sateren v. Shinseki, No. 08-3858 (Vet. App. Jul. 26, 2010). For the reasons discussed below, this court dismisses Sateren's appeal.;

Sateren served in the military from April 1965 to April 1967. During that time, he alleges he was exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam. Many years after his military discharge, Sateren sought compensation for rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory synovitis. In April 2000, a Veterans Affairs regional office denied his claim and Sateren appealed.

In the course of pursuing his claim for benefits, Sateren underwent several medical examinations. None of the examiners concluded that his rheumatoid arthritis or inflammatory synovitis was conclusively related to Agent Orange exposure. In fact, none of these examiners was able to determine the cause of Sateren's condition.

One examiner, in April 2008, reported that she had made a review of medical literature that uncovered only a single article suggesting a possible relationship of rheumatoid arthritis to Agent Orange exposure. This examiner noted weaknesses in that article and concluded that the evidence was insufficient to establish a correlation between Sateren's condition and Agent Orange exposure.

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  1. Margee' Reply

    We were battling the VA since 1972, finally in 2009 VA started listening, then my husband was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme Stage 4 Brain Cancer in 2010, now I have to keep the battle going for him.

    • admin Reply

      Hi Margee, This is our new website eventually our support community will be moved to this location. TY for your comment and keep up the fight. Did you still want me to forward those emails to you about the others fighting to help veterans suffering from Glioblastoma? Please let me know. I will forward them to the email address you gave when you signed up at the support community. TY

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