Army Staff Sergeant Steve Bosson was deployed to Iraq with the 1st Cavalry Division's Delta Troop, 19th Cavalry in 2004. After only months in the country on the night of April 11, 2004, his unit was called to examine a suspected ambush site near Baghdad. Bosson was moving a rocket propelled grenade launcher from a wounded insurgent when the grenade went off. As a result of the blast his left leg was amputated.
During his rehabilitation at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, Bosson found out about the USOC Paralympic Military Sports Camp in San Diego, Calif. It was there that Bosson first participated in sports since he sustained his injury a year earlier. It wasn't until he first shot the bow that Bosson discovered his true passion for archery.
Bosson has been training with national team head coach, Randi Smith, and continues to improve his skills as he aims for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Bosson’s family includes his wife, Shasta, and son, Jaydon Garrett James.
- 2011: U.S. Team member, World Para Archery Championships – Torino, Italy
- 2010: AAE Arizona Cup, second place, Men’s Recurve – Standing – Phoenix, Ariz.
- 2010: World Invitational Disabled Archery Competition, ninth place, Men’s Recurve – Standing – Stoke-Mandeville, England