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Veteran Dances with the Stars

It’s not very often that military ethos and reality television overlap.  However, it’s not only happening, but is sending a positive message.

A few weeks ago, I read a story on the US Army’s main page called “From Hospital to Hollywood: A Soldier’s Story” by  Elizabeth Collins. 

Collins is a journalist for Soldiers magazine, and her article focused on Veteran J.R. Martinez, a former Corporal from the 101st Airborne Division, who was severely wounded in Iraq.  His accident in March 2003 left him needing dozens of surgeries and he still has scars.  But he found a calling in helping to motivate other Wounded Warriors, and his speaking experience helped him land a role on the soap opera “All My Children.”

Now, Martinez is one of the contestants on Dancing with the StarsIt sounds like such a crazy story – and it is – but it’s also inspiring to see how Martinez is an example of what people can overcome. 

Note: I can hardly believe it, but this is the second CECOM history blog that mentions a dancing reality show.  We wrote about it last year, too, in our Laika blog.

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