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J.R. Martinez

Actor, Author, Motivational Speaker, and Army Veteran

Actor, Author, Motivational Speaker and former U.S. Army soldier

Jose Rene “J. R.” Martinez is an American actor, author, motivational speaker and former U.S. Army soldier. In March of 2003, Martinez was deployed to Iraq. In April he sustained severe burns to over 34 percent of his body when his humvee hit a roadside bomb. Since his recovery, Martinez has since become a highly sought-after motivational speaker. He has traveled around the country speaking about his experiences to corporations, veterans groups, schools and other organizations.

Many also know Martinez as Brot Monroe, on the Emmy Award winning daytime drama “All My Children.” Martinez can currently be seen costarring on the syndicated action series, “SAF3.” He is the author of the New York Times bestseller “Full of Heart: My Story of Survival, Strength, and Spirit.” Martinez serves as a spokesperson for Operation Finally Home, as well as for the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, Glasswing International, Free the Children, and the Viscardi Center.

“J.R. represents the best in all of us. From ‘All My Children,’ to winning ‘Dancing With The Stars,’ to receiving IAVA’s 2009 Veterans Leadership Award, J.R. has always led from the front for IAVA veterans. As a spokesman for IAVA and Operation Finally Home for almost a decade, J.R. has inspired our veterans and supporters around the world. His energy, passion and experience are an outstanding addition to IAVA’s board and will help propel our programs to amazing new heights. J.R. shows every veteran in America what is possible,” said IAVA CEO and Founder Paul Rieckhoff.