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An Evening with J.R. 

San Antonio College Fine Arts Cultural Events Series (FACES) will present J.R. Martinez, Army veteran, actor and winner of “Dancing with the Stars.”
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An Evening with J.R. Martinez

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San Antonio College to host J.R. Martinez   March 28 at McAllister Auditorium 


J.R. Martinez has seen his life change directions many times.  Born in Louisiana he moved with his mother to Hope, Ark., as a child.  When he was a young high school   football player in Dalton, Ga., he had aspirations of playing college ball – but an injury derailed his plan.

 Later he chose to join the Army and was deployed to Iraq in March 2003. Less than a month later he was driving a Humvee when he hit a landmine.  Three soldiers were ejected, but Martinez was trapped inside and burned over more than 40 percent of his body. His recovery at Brook Army Medical Center took 34 months and included more than 30 surgeries.

One day, a nurse asked him to talk with another BAMC patient. That was the first step to becoming a public speaker.  He has traveled the country speaking about his experiences to corporations, veterans groups, schools, and other organizations.

In 2008 he joined the cast of  ABC-TV’s “All My Children” as a combat veteran.

Then came the call to appear on “Dancing With the Stars.”  Martinez and his partner, Karina Smirnoff, took the mirror ball trophy in Season 13 of the ABC hit TV show.  

Martinez will be on stage Wednesday, March 28 - talking not dancing. He will discuss his life and challenges and take questions from the audience after the speech.
The event at the McAllister Auditorium is free, but seats are first-come, first-served. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.     

Wednesday, March 28, 2012  

7-8 p.m. 

Doors open 6:30 p.m. 

McAllister Fine Arts Auditorium 

Free and open to the public.