Jose Rene Martinez (born June 14, 1983)[1] is an American actor, motivational speaker, and former U.S. Army soldier. Starting in 2008, he played the role of Brot Monroe on the ABC daytime drama All My Children. He is the winner of Season 13 of ABC's Dancing with the Stars. Martinez served as the Grand Marshal of the 2012 Rose Parade.[2] He is currently costarring on the syndicated action series SAF3.

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J. R. Martinez in 2008
Jose Rene Martinez

(1983-06-14) June 14, 1983 (age 39)
motivational speaker
soldier (veteran)
Years active2008–present (acting)
Diana Jones
(m. 2018)
Military career
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service2002–2003
Battles/warsIraq War
AwardsCombat Action Ribbon (Needs Review – Awarded by United States Navy – United States Marine Corps – United States Coast Guard)

In 2003, Martinez sustained severe burns to over 34 percent of his body while serving as an Army infantryman in Iraq. Since his recovery, he has traveled around the country speaking about his experiences to corporations, veterans groups, schools, and other organizations.