By Samantha Leal | 08/06/2012 - 09:17
J.R. Martinez was honored by the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), as they presented him with the award for "Outstanding Disabled Veteran of the Year." The award recognizes Martinez's remarkable accomplishments in service to veterans.
By Lee Hernandez | 09/27/2011 - 12:48
Before he was a TV star, J.R. Martinez was an infantryman in the U.S. Army. During his deployment to Iraq in 2003, the Salvadoran served as a Humvee driver, and when his left front tire hit a landmine, Martinez suffered burns to more than 40 percent of his body. Since then, the Army vet has undergone 33 cosmetic and skin graft surgeries.