In March 2003, J.R. Martinez was an energetic, eager newly-minted soldier, deployed to Iraq to serve his country faithfully and fearlessly. On April 5, less than a month into his assignment, he was severely injured in a Humvee land-mine incident that burned over 40% of his body, left him in recovery for 34 months and subjected him to 33 different surgeries including extensive skin grafts and cosmetic surgery.
During his time in recovery, J.R. visited with other burn patients to share their experiences and realized the powerful impact those conversations had on himself and his peers as well as the potential to help others. Today, J.R. has become a highly-sought motivational speaker, devoting himself to spreading his message of resilience and optimism to audiences everywhere. He is also the winner of ABC's season 13 Dancing with the Stars and the 2012 Tournament of Roses Grand Marshal. In his captivating, compelling and inspiring presentations, J.R. demonstrates to others the true value in making the most --and best-- of each and every situation.