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JR Martines Biography

JR Martinez Born                   : Jose Rene Martinez, June 14, 1983 (age 28)                             Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S. O...

JR Martinez
Born                   : Jose Rene Martinez, June 14, 1983 (age 28)
                            Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.
Occupation         : Actor
                            Motivational speaker
                            Soldier (veteran)
Years active        : 2008–present (acting)

Martinez was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, on June 14, 1983, to Maria Zavala. He is of African and Central American descent. He has two sisters who were raised with his mother's family in El Salvador, and his sister Anabel died before Martinez ever had the chance to meet her.Martinez has never met his father.
At nine years old, Martinez moved with his mother to Hope, Arkansas. At 17, just before his senior year of high school, he moved to Dalton, Georgia, and played strong safety for the Dalton High School Catamounts. In his senior year, Martinez suffered an injury that derailed his plans to play professional football.

In March of 2003, JR Martinez was deployed to Iraq, and on April 5, less than a month into his deployment, he was serving as a driver of a Humvee in Karbala, when his left front tire hit a land-mine. Three other soldiers with J.R. were ejected from the burning vehicle, but Martinez was trapped inside. He suffered smoke inhalation and severe burns to more than 40 percent of his body. Martinez claims that while he was fighting for his life and awaiting medical help in Iraq, his sister Anabel, appeared to him, giving him the strength to stay alive.

After he was pulled out of the Humvee, J.R. was evacuated to a local medic station in Iraq and then Landstuhl, Germany, for immediate care. He was eventually sent to Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) in San Antonio, Texas. He spent 34 months in recovery at BAMC and underwent 33 different surgeries including skin grafts and cosmetic surgery.

Bilingual in English and Spanish, J.R. has traveled the country since 2004, spreading his message of resilience and optimism. Today he is a sought-after motivational speaker and has shared the stage with many notable individuals. In October 2008, J.R. joined the cast of ABC's Emmy® Award-winning daytime drama All My Children as combat veteran Brot Monroe.

Born in Shreveport, LA, he moved to Hope, AR, where he and his mother lived until he was 17. They moved to Dalton, GA, just prior to his senior year, the place J.R.  proudly calls his hometown. JR Martinez continues to balance his motivational speaking engagements and charity work with his acting. He is also busy working on his memoir. We're thinking he should leave that last chapter open for now until he finds out just how far he goes on Dancing With The Stars!

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