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Meet J.R. Martinez

J.R. Martinez is an Army veteran, burn survivor, actor, motivational speaker, New York Times best-selling author, and Dancing with the Stars season 13 winner. J.R. travels the world spreading his message of resilience and optimism and does it all with a smile.

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J.R.'s Story of Survival

In an exclusive interview for Nightline with ABC's Deborah Roberts, J.R. Martinez discusses his devastating injuries in the Iraq war which nearly took his life, his remarkable journey and an unlikely showdown with his mother while recovering in the hospital, all of which propelled him on the road to recovery and finally to the dance floor.

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I understand change is terrifying, but I also know that is when we can become stronger. Like many families, we are sheltering in place, we’ve had to adjust to being at home all day up under each other. Working from home, homeschooling our daughter, trying to exercise, & keeping each other from going crazy. However, we’re finding ways to adapt to our new circumstances. It isn’t perfect but we’re doing the best that we can. We are stronger now more than ever because we are together. Although there is so much uncertainty, we have each other. We are each other’s support system. We can relate to one another. We can count on another. We are all in this together. Let’s continue to make each other strong! Whats making you stronger? Tag people who make you stronger 💪🏽 #gratitude #gratefulness #togetherwecan #togetherwewill

A few weeks ago Belle and her best friend decorated the sidewalks & our front steps with positive messages. They decided to do this by themselves! With the amount of foot traffic increasing in our community it was a beautiful gesture for the neighborhood. #actsofkindness #positivemessages #togetherwecan #chalkart #sidewalkart #spreadpositivity #spreadhope

It’s ok to be angry, sad, fearful. It’s okay to want to SCREAM! 🗣 A few days ago I posted about re-routing negative energy to positive energy. I also believe it’s important to embrace all (even negative) emotions. During these troubling times, it’s important to take care of our minds. In our attempt to be positive, ignoring anger, fear, & sadness isn’t healthy either. After I was medically retired from the military, I served as a spokesperson for a non profit set up to assist veterans. I found a new platform to carry out my purpose, which was to serve. As happy as this made me, I still had moments when negative emotions creeped back in. I’d find myself in my room crying & yelling while swinging my fists in the air. I was mad at the world. I found being present with those feelings was part of the healing process, as long as I didn’t project it onto others. Once I felt I didn’t have anymore tears or could yell anymore, I’d decide to take a deep breath & simply walk outside. I needed to change my environment to give myself air, perspective & energy. I understand most of us are in our spaces without the ability to physically change our environment. Instead, I invite you to change your mental space. Surround your thoughts with something that makes you smile, feel empowered, & hopeful. And when things get too mentally rough just get out a good old healthy scream!

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