Dancing with the Stars' Inspiring Hero - J.R. Martinez

J.R. Martinez
Dancing with the Stars' Inspiring Hero - J.R. Martinez
Even two months ago, unknown to most Americans. But today, the name of JR Martinez evoke a smile, like millions of Dancing with the Stars fans have fallen in love with the people in Iraq war hero who became Gold Ballroom.

"I am blessed in many ways, and this is because I put the world's energy," said the former All My Children actor, who survived the explosion of 2003, while a soldier in service to U. S. The Army. The Act. in Iraq.

For the cover story recently, Martinez, 28, told the people who consider themselves lucky to have a trauma. If not for the Humvee he was driving hit a land mine, "My life would not be like this now: joy, happiness and positive," he said.

Because of the explosion, that burn 40 percent of his body and needed 34 months of grueling treatment, Martínez covers life and all of the offer - including a good chance to take home the mirror ball trophy dancing with Karina Smirnoff During the war his colleague.

"To show people that you really are genuine and should not be a positive force," said Martinez, who believes people will be. "I'm not your average person walking down the street. I'm fine with being different. "

For the complete story of Martinez's incredible journey from the battlefield in the ballroom, out November 7 issue of People, on newsstands Friday