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It's time now for part three of our special series profiling outstanding people who have overcome incredible obstacles in their lives inspiring stuff I love this stuff.
Tonight we -- issued a 26 year old I Iraq War veteran JR Martinez.
Take a look at this unbelievably inspiring story.
Growing up as a young boy to single mother mature in my family is from a Salvadoran and growing up my mother became my best friend.
When I was a teenager.
My dreams and us forces became my life football became my life and that was my dream that I love football and never saw me as a young boy going anywhere without the ball in my hand are talking about football I was told.
I wouldn't you be eligible to play football for ten years I went to college because of my grades were right.
So the alternative.
For me was join the military I felt that was a great opportunity for -- at eighteen years old for me to travel to be in my own to be independent.
Then I would be able to get back on track of going to college and then try to -- -- have a professional football player and when I was younger looks.
Pretty important I was amongst the people in my class and always called me up pretty boy and you know just got along well and with the girls and people and so looks became a very big thing you know I'd wake up in the morning just.
I want to make sure you guys just fine have looked fine and it was very important for me and that's way.
It was it was a major.
To go for me to face when I was able to look at my face -- for the first time because.
I wasn't that same person.
-- -- -- the 2003000.
Trees and houses and other efforts at Fort Campbell Kentucky.
Our job was to provide securities for different jobs in the military to get to that this nations I remember everything.
About that day apparently had a man on the stairwell.
And and looking at my pastor because we're having a conversation -- just -- at -- the last thing that -- in the next minute.
Look at the road and literally he counted to three seconds 12 very memorable.
And it felt like explosion was slow motion -- -- and -- via the force of my body.
But didn't seem like months later.
I can actually feel the pain it's just it was in slow motion everything she might slow motion they say I was trying to decide -- -- ten -- fifteen minutes and at 1015 minutes I was completely conscious the doctors didn't think I was gonna make it because I know that I had.
Injuries the burns but I had a lot of elation damage as well in my lungs my organs.
We're damage from being trapped inside of the truck for so long and -- all the smoke I was in a coma for -- athletes and it's funny because.
When he tipped me off -- ventilator I woke up and I said to my mother that I loved us and told they couldn't stop me I told doesn't come home one way or another and when I said that to -- turnaround in my doctors say he's.
I didn't have an idea what I was.
You know flashing my face my body for the first time it was a lot of frustration.
A lot of depression a lot of anger.
A lot of questions.
I had no clue and now -- most frustrating part for me was not knowing what -- -- into my -- early on -- I asked myself that question why me and that I was blessed with the opportunity to be able to help someone -- by telling my story she.
Sharing my experience and that's what must stop asking myself that question because I felt that I found the answer.
I felt that my answer was I was kept in this world.
-- my experience but he's.
The message basically overall is -- you have to believe you just gotta be strong got to hold on and understand that this experience no matter how negative you may be at the moment.
There's -- reason there's something you can gather from this experience to help you.
Get to another point in life.
-- -- Everything has its outcome -- my children is there's been so popular as always brought something that that the that the topic of conversation in the real world and integrated.
Show and they said you know we want to do and I rag bag.
And I love story and systematic casting call and it's just so happens that someone forwarded to me and I said one you know what I had to lose out to try out.
-- a week later they called me tonight at the -- and you know is overwhelming for me because.
There was over 600 applicants and you know -- part of the -- so.
For -- have been chosen to continue to be on the show passed away.
They believe it was going to be on initially and an assistant us and would set me apart in relative to producers and everyone else hears that does my -- and my personality and I just hasn't been about anyway.
I don't know I quite honestly and they had taken a lot of -- It's a benefit to me.
And and it's the reason I chose to stop at 32 surgeries because -- -- in my case I felt that if I was gonna be in the world do motivational speech Indian walking billboard hole.
And how life goes on I needed scars -- visible scars it's an immediate reminder -- you know it.
There -- troops overseas right now or around the world that are serving and -- pain and suffering to stay out so.
It's a great reminder for everyone across -- -- you never know whether roll that you're on is -- -- gonna lead to what opportunities present itself you just gotta be willing to take that risk.
There's so many different things about me that I think a lot of them on on to other different aspects of my life.
I've just been able to survive everything.
-- -- the withstand all the pain.
And understand here's.
Calm cool moment that's the common after pain.
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