“Dancing” Champion J.R. Martinez Invited to the Pentagon

J.R. Martinez is a man that has been through a lot in his life.  He has gone from being a soldier to a wounded veteran learning how to live again.  Soon, he became a famous soap opera actor and activist, and now, he is the reigning “Dancing with the Stars” champion, with an invitation to the Pentagon.

According to MSNBC, Pentagon spokesman Capt. John Kirby has confirmed that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has invited Martinez to meet him at the Pentagon.  Panetta told the soldier-turned-actor during a 10-minute telephone call on Friday that he demonstrated the strength and resilience of wounded veterans.

The 28-year-old Martinez was severely burned over more than 40 percent of his body when the Humvee he was driving for the U.S. Army in Iraq struck a land mine in 2003. After dozens of operations during a nearly three-year recovery, Martinez became a motivational speaker and in 2008 won a role on “All My Children.”

Details on the visit are still being worked out, but we will keep you updated on this beautiful story soon.

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