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
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
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
Doors open 6:30 p.m.
McAllister Fine Arts Auditorium
Free and open to the public.