I am retiring from the Active Guard Reserve Program (AGR) this November (08) with 26 years AFS. In March 07, I went in for surgery of a torn rotator cuff and torn bicep tendon (fell in my driveway on ice) peformed by a civilian surgeon. When I came out of recovery, I found I did not have the use of my left hand (dominant hand) anymore. I was seen almost 4 months later at the Cleveland Clinic where it was determined that during my surgery, I had the Ulnar and Median nerves and the Brachial Artery entrapped in 2 sutures thereby cutting off connection to my hand and was not released before closing me up. I went through 2 Arterial By-pass operations to get blood supply back to the hand. Jan 08, I had further EMG testing which basically the doctors determined that the nerves would not regenerate to the hand before the hand muscles would atrophy and shrink up. This would leave no muscle for the nerves to attach to. Bottom line! Loss of left hand for the remainder of my life. I have scheduled to meet with Mr William Spencer (VA Disabled Vet Rep) at Fort Knox, KY during my retirement physical to start my disability claim. Being that I did suffer this disability while on active duty, but not during normal duty hours, am I still considered to be eligible for disability compensation?