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J.R. Martinez Talks About What Happened in Iraq, and His Recovery (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 13th 2011 5:30AM
Zooey Deschanel & J.R. Martinez, 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'J.R. Martinez has managed to come back from a near-fatal explosion in Iraq and go on to star in a daytime soap opera and is now competing on 'Dancing With the Stars.' He talked about what happened to him in Iraq, and the two-and-a-half year recovery that came after, on 'The Tonight Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC).

One of the hardest things for him was coming out of the coma and seeing his body for the first time; he suffered severe burns on 40 percent of his body. Only 19 years old at the time, he recalled, "Coming out of a coma and seeing your body for the first time and thinking to myself, how am I ever gonna get a beautiful girl?"

At this point in his story, he smoothly slipped an arm around Zooey Deschanel, who was sitting next to him on the couch. Looks like his game hasn't been hindered at all.

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Phyllis Marie Martin

JR you are a hero in all walks of life I know some vets that came back in way better shape than your self & have given up it is so sad but you give a whole new meaning & hope to every one keep up the good works & I will vote for you not only for you being a hero but because you can DANCE

November 15 2011 at 1:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

JR Martinez - you have a great attitude!. Good on you and keep it up! I can tell you - Attitude is everything. I am now a medically retired AF officer. While my injuries were a result of training, not combat, I still endured 16 major surgeries and spent 3 years in and out of comas before I, 'came back'. I was even able to return to limited active duty. Although I could no longer fly for the USAF, which was my chosen path, it was my attitude that allowed me to continue to contribute - I fought to return to active duty and I did contribute -- as a communications officer, helping with operational exercises developing our Theater Missile Defense and real time combat communications capabilities- stuff our forces utilize today. I am now fully retired (they say my short term memory is becoming more of a problem now) but I stay busy. I may even go back to school for a VA sponsored PHD soon... The point is you can do what you envision, so, keep your can do attitude. A lot of people will put obstacles in your way- just keep finding those who don't.. That and the love of your family and country is the only thing that matters and will keep you going... Best to you. Maj Jon Sercel USAF - disabled, retired, but not defeated.

October 13 2011 at 10:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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