|In April 2003, J.R. Martinez
suffered severe burns when the Humvee he was driving hit a
landmine in Iraq. While undergoing more than 30 surgeries at
Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, he could have given
up – instead, he started giving hope to others.
“I realized I could lift people’s spirits – I
could take what’s happened to me and use it to help them,” he
Here’s what J.R. has to say about
“You gotta look outside of the box and realize
everything doesn’t revolve around you. I looked outside the box
and realized I wasn’t the only one going through this level of
tragedy – some were suffering with the same or worse things. So
here’s the message I pass on to others: You’re not the only one.
Reach out to someone else, and in the end you help yourself as
JR's military portrait
JR at a recent conference