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Well we continue now with part three of the special series overcoming obstacles man inspiring people.
They -- comes under the heading just in case you thought you had something to wind -- back -- did not fit Iraqi war veteran JR Martinez joins us from Los Angeles out there.
Getting all set up to continue with the All My Children gig.
JR -- to have you man thanks for hanging out.
They think he meant as a pleasure it's a pleasure to be out here in and take -- time to attempt to talk -- viewing audience.
So viewers create a 101 sir you're a member of our shares of common nationalist triple a bit north of here on reassurance that I love -- -- I'd say I was I was.
A live in Dalton Georgia for a long time mother is still there is so.
Being able to go that to Fort Campbell ending visit Nashville and then go to your job on the -- -- is it was nice those are pretty right actually international drive.
Oh yeah it's it's beautiful out here okay so year you got out.
When the accident or one accident when the attacker whatever order we call -- happened.
And you were burned over 40%.
Is that what I saw -- 30% -- concerned and you had Thirtysomething surgeries and had 32.
Do you have to try to get because medically and -- you've elected to say that enough some.
You know it just got to -- where I was nineteen years old when I got hurt and I I turned 20/20 one -- to almost -- when entering the hospital said to myself you know.
That did that ages when people wanna be out there in the world and have a good time and experience -- certain things I felt that I was spent and a lot of my time all I was doing speaking in.
We're -- charities and traveling which is fine I still felt like I wasn't able to enjoy -- because I was my hobby became therapy and surgery and they got to a point also that thought to myself if I wanna continue to be in his public guy.
To provide -- inspiration to people whether it's a veteran or whether it's just a regular person.
I need to scars to -- because we live individual world I mean I think we all know that and so people initially when he -- me they know they've been through something and they he needed immediate respect and then.
-- -- -- talk and explain in just kind of go with it from there and then.
You know people start to really kind of -- -- in and understand and in an embrace -- so I felt that.
You know there's two reasons one I -- the scars to do and I was in when I was gonna do in life and to.
I was tired man died I want to live a life and I want to go out there and experienced things that normal when he.
To a year -- experience.
Well and and life is pretty good almost.
All My Children diggers as we.
Ramped up a minute you went from guest appearance took full time -- you ride you know it All My Children I'm I tip my hat off to them although I'm not Wear one but you know if I was.
I would have my adult to them but.
They would like I said they've always been the first so to really put something that's going on in the world into a storyline to educate.
They're viewers and the people that watch the show not only just the United States below what all over the world and so.
They said to themselves you know let this kid we're gonna take -- risky route to get a chance of now given the trained actor and you know they got that they were willing to stick with me in in I guess I was able to -- something decent.
And I'm just learning every single -- -- -- I'm enjoying the journey and he's just taking a one day at a time in and just trying to educate America.
Not only about military that is going on that -- fifty men and women are still serving but.
This is this -- -- you know how to look at someone and at the same time the people they do have the scars on the outside.
Man on the inside to go to say look I can still do -- I can still.
I can make it to be in Hollywood you know like like he made it so this is all about kind of find a way to stick with it and can -- and on and and you know -- -- failing to exercise and you feel like you can't stay on a treadmill for an extra minute but when you do and you die and you feel great.
And you like you know I'm glad I stayed on -- treadmill for an extra minute that's life you just got to stay with the game for a little bit longer and then the -- for wolf it's right around -- corner.
I get the feeling I mean -- strapping on a microphone stepping in front of the campaign.
You know -- very articulate your quick to put your thoughts to words.
Seems like that's a bit of a gift wasn't always that -- It was you know it was something I remember when I was I think there was a senior in high school.
My teacher asked -- when -- -- -- -- a classic kind of you know it's.
Do a little presentation and I did it very easily Eminem got up and I was is able to just spit it out and madurese C number mussina making the statement to me of how I had a gift when -- -- -- when I was able to stand in front of an audience people would listen -- me.
I have it -- eighteen years old I was like all right that's cool you know let me let me go to my next class you know because -- between class a wanna hang out -- the Hollywood the girls welcomed by you know so.
There really wasn't so but I really paid attention to when I was younger but apparently -- the talent and ability -- was there and you know likely you know I've been blessed and I think all of -- been blessed despite what we're going -- at the moment -- -- -- really blessed munitions to be able to realize.
And find my gift an early age India and apply it can use it in the -- and -- -- today.
Following guy gives you a gift and then he gives you stories go with a gift determination serious magic I sure absolutely -- -- -- -- often heard that having -- story is a wonderful thing getting once -- in the -- that is very that is that is you know what I've never heard that -- -- had to -- that wouldn't you can stay on the record right now this feeling right now so you know it's just.
You know there in the people use the word war -- battle a lot whether it's in sports so we're gonna go battle you know it's a war now or whether it actually is overseas -- -- -- country.
Or whether it's like -- heard earlier in your program this lady who is who is facing you know trying to find a way to pay your bills and trying to get out of debt and the things and I'm sure you you listen to all the time so there's different types of wars and battles that.
Everybody faces -- -- illness of cancer whether it's a young child that was abuse whether someone that's a drug -- alcoholism is so many different things in the world they can keep his back.
But those experience -- -- things there and help us grow as long as you're willing to grow and and to become a better person because -- prepare -- for other things in life.
And luckily like -- set out I was.
I've been able to realize and learn from that learn from my personal story -- to share with everyone else and at the same time.
Learn from everyone else's story out there and -- camera right now that has won because there's millions of -- right now.
So how old are you now.
They don't we go you're 3131.
-- JR we're really rose in -- when JR grows up you know -- -- -- -- -- question anymore.
I don't tell people until he was part of the best because I've met some NFL -- -- whether current or retired.
And I think to myself I wouldn't be able to survive a hit from those guys second survivor -- but that so it's everything -- have -- for a reason but.
-- -- in -- process right now of a book.
I'm working on book I think it's at right time for me to put out a book and my ultimate goal for myself as -- as you would think about this day if I and I wanna be able to have my own nationally syndicated talk show just -- in productivity throughout.
You know I think it's it's an encouraging thing that people when they -- litany.
The essential that they allotted and I think that we need more -- -- on a consistent basis.
And our world and so that's my ultimate goal for myself but you never know I'd say.
-- when you're driving down this road you never know what shall see to your -- left that's indicates your attention these things.
We kind of take a stop and just check that out -- particularly due to a whole another path.
Well when you get rid -- that you -- come visit we'll walk you through what we've learned the hard way and so you have to go down some of those -- this is why this is why I'm blessed people like -- give me great advice and that helped me out so I appreciate that and I will give you expect a call for me.
I'll do what you come visit.
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