An Arm To Shoot My Bow: Lost limb can’t keep soldier away from beloved archery


Lance Thornton, who lost most of his right arm in Iraq, is competing in the World Para Championships. (Courtesy

By: Steve Rogers,

Lance Thornton has always been an archery enthusiast, starting when he was a young boy, deer hunting near his home in Ozark, Ark.

The sport means more to him now, and he never wants that to change.

“As long as I am able to pull a bow, I want to be shooting, hunting, something,” said Thornton, 28, who now lives in Stotts City, Mo.

Thornton, who lost most of his right arm in Iraq in 2007, will compete in his first international para-archery competition at the World Para Championships in Bangkok, Thailand, this week.

“I would say archery has been a big help to me … in everything,” said Thornton, a retired Army sergeant. “My wife says it’s the best thing for me. I know it has helped me tremendously.

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