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J. R. Martinez has been inspiring, motivating and empowering his audiences with his amazing story of recovery since sustaining severe burns on 34% of his body when serving in Iraq as an infantryman. His career as a motivational speaker began when a nurse asked him to speak to another patient who was having difficulty coping with his injuries; J.R. spoke to him for forty-five minutes and at the end of his visit the patient opened the curtains to let light into his room.

J.R. is now in high demand as a motivational speaker, spreading his inspiring message of resilience and optimism. He has appeared with many other famous speakers including self-help guru Tony Robbins and evangelist Dave Roever.

Dedicated to the welfare and recovery of his fellow veterans, J.R. has been honored with the Veterans Leadership Award by the non-profit Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America as well as being named a “Shining Star of Perseverance" by the WillReturn Council of Assurant Employee Benefits. His story has featured in The Washington Post, People magazine, on CNN′s Sunday Morning, 60 Minutes and in many other media.

Alongside his speaking career, J.R. has carved out a successful niche for himself as an actor, playing the role of Brot Monroe in the ABC daytime drama All My Children, and he is a celebrated winner of ABC's Dancing with the Stars.

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    J.R. Martinez is an American actor, motivational speaker and former U.S. Army soldier. Since 2008 he has played the role of Brot Monroe on the ABC daytime drama All My Children, and most recently, emerged as the celebrated winner on Season 13 of ABC′s Dancing with the Stars.

    In 2003, Martinez sustained severe burns to over 40 percent of his body while serving as a United States Army infantryman in Iraq. Following his recovery, he has traveled around the country speaking about his experiences to corporations, veterans groups, schools, and other organizations.

    During his time in recovery, a nurse asked him to speak to a burn patient, who had just seen his body for the first time and had become withdrawn. After an approximate 45-minute visit, the patient opened the curtain letting light into his room. J.R. then understood the impact he had on this patient and decided to use his experience to help others, visiting with several of the patients in the hospital, sharing his story and listening to theirs.

    Since then, J.R. has become a highly sought-after motivational speaker, traveling the country to spread his message of resilience and optimism. He is called on by a wide range of groups, including large corporations, veterans groups, non-profits and schools, and has shared the stage with the likes of global self-help guru Tony Robbins and Evangelist Dave Roever. In 2008, Martinez was honored as a “Shining Star of Perseverance” by the WillReturn Council of Assurant Employee Benefits.

    In 2009 Martinez was honored by the non-profit Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) with the Veterans Leadership Award, given in recognition of his dedication to our nation′s newest generation of veterans. Martinez has been featured in The Washington Post, People magazine, on CNN′s Sunday Morning, 60 Minutes, and other major national news outlets.

    In 2008, Martinez was cast in ABC′s daytime drama, All My Children in the role of Brot Monroe. His character also served with the U.S. Army in Iraq and was injured in combat. Martinez first appeared on the program on Friday, November 7, 2008.


J.R. Martinez Speaker Videos Back to top

J.R. Martinez Keynote Speech


“I just said to myself I'm going to go every day as positive as I can along this road to recovery," explains J. R. Martinez as he enthralls his audience with the story of his Iraq combat injuries and subsequent fight for recovery. He explains his philosophy: “If I walk along through life with my head down then boom, I'll hit something and be stalled even more."

J.R. Martinez Recalls Injuries in Iraq


Third Annual Heroes Gala: J.R. Martinez


JR Martinez's Story on "Nightline"



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J.R. Martinez brings his inspirational story and attitude to all of his speeches, which he customizes for audiences ranging from large corporations to veterans groups to nonprofits and schools. He is bilingual in English and Spanish.

J.R. speaks powerfully on the need to face adversity with optimism and resilience, to respect yourself and others and to accept yourself for who you are.

    J.R Martinez has a variety of speech topics and themes and customizes each of his speaking engagements to the audience he is addressing. Bilingual in English and Spanish, J.R. is called on by a wide range of groups, including large corporations, veterans groups, non-profits and schools.

    Speaking Programs Include:

    • Accelerate Your Success into 3-D: Desire, Dedication, and Discipline
    • Don’t Be Afraid to Be You: Acceptance of Body & Mind
    • Respect Yourself & Others: We Can All Learn & Grow from One Another
    • Plug in to your Potential: Spark Endless Possibilities through Goal-Setting
    • Have you asked the “Why Me?” Question before? Your Answer Comes by Facing Adversity Head-on with Optimism & Resilience
    • Pay It Forward: The Return is Priceless
    • ADAPT: Acceptance, Determination, Action, Positivity, Trust
    • POWER: Positivity, Optimism, Will, Effort, Resilience


J.R. Martinez Speaker Testimonials Back to top

    Recent Audiences Include:

    Clinton Global Initiative University
    Greater Louisville Association of Health Underwriters
    JAFRA Cosmetics
    Los Angeles County Jail
    Do The Write Thing
    RE-MAX Corporation
    Phoenix Society
    United States Sports Academy
    Florida State University Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities
    Air Force
    US Army
    Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America
    Many Colleges & Universities




* Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.

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    Recent Audiences Include:

    Clinton Global Initiative University
    Greater Louisville Association of Health Underwriters
    JAFRA Cosmetics
    Los Angeles County Jail
    Do The Write Thing
    RE-MAX Corporation
    Phoenix Society
    United States Sports Academy
    Florida State University Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities
    Air Force
    US Army
    Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America
    Many Colleges & Universities


    J.R Martinez has a variety of speech topics and themes and customizes each of his speaking engagements to the audience he is addressing. Bilingual in English and Spanish, J.R. is called on by a wide range of groups, including large corporations, veterans groups, non-profits and schools.

    Speaking Programs Include:

    • Accelerate Your Success into 3-D: Desire, Dedication, and Discipline
    • Don’t Be Afraid to Be You: Acceptance of Body & Mind
    • Respect Yourself & Others: We Can All Learn & Grow from One Another
    • Plug in to your Potential: Spark Endless Possibilities through Goal-Setting
    • Have you asked the “Why Me?” Question before? Your Answer Comes by Facing Adversity Head-on with Optimism & Resilience
    • Pay It Forward: The Return is Priceless
    • ADAPT: Acceptance, Determination, Action, Positivity, Trust
    • POWER: Positivity, Optimism, Will, Effort, Resilience


J.R. Martinez Keynote Speech


“I just said to myself I'm going to go every day as positive as I can along this road to recovery," explains J. R. Martinez as he enthralls his audience with the story of his Iraq combat injuries and subsequent fight for recovery. He explains his philosophy: “If I walk along through life with my head down then boom, I'll hit something and be stalled even more."

J.R. Martinez Recalls Injuries in Iraq


Third Annual Heroes Gala: J.R. Martinez


JR Martinez's Story on "Nightline"