August 31, 2011 05:14 AM by Megan Thompson
When the cast of Dancing With The Stars was announced, where you left wondering who is J.R. Martinez? Not only is J.R. Martinez an actor on the ABC soap All My Children, but he is war veteran with a great back story. Keep reading to find out why you will be rooting for J.R. Martinez on Dancing With The Stars!
J.R. currently plays a police officer on All My Children. His character, Brot Monroe, is a war veteran of the Iraq war. Some of his storyline on the soap is based on his actual life experiences. J.R. left for the Iraq war at a very young age, working as a Humvee driver for the U.S. army. In April of 2003, the Humvee J.R. was driving hit a landmine causing him severe injuries and burns over 40% of his body.
During J.R.’s recovering, which he spent at Brooke Army Medical Center, he started speaking with other burn victims. J.R. turned his tragic accident into a positive experience by helping other veterans deal with major injuries. Now J.R. is a sought after motivational speaker and he has been seen on; Oprah, 60 minutes and CNN.
J.R. began his acting role on All My Children in 2008, but he continues to work as a motivational speaker. Now, J.R. can add Dancing With The Stars to his resume. If J.R. can handle the battle field, there is no doubt he will kick but on the show and motivate the other contestants. J.R. is sure to be a fan favorite!
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