JR Martinez recently stepped in Pine Valley as a solider who was assumed to have been killed during active duty in Iraq. So far, his character Brot has been well-received by fans of All My Children
, especially since Martinez is a real life war hero who can genuinely attest to the “life after war” theme.
The 25-year-old solider was severely burned when his Humvee hit a land mine in 2003. Consequently, he spent 34 months in the hospital and underwent 32 different surgeries.
“After I came out of the coma, I basically went from being this tough guy — being an athlete in high school to being in the Army and being able to do all the physical things — [to] being somewhat of an infant. Not being able to do anything for myself — the simple things that we do every single day that sometimes we take for granted,” Martinez told Soap Opera Digest.
“To my surprise, when I got out of the hospital, yes, I got stares, yes, kids were afraid, and yes, people stepped away from me. But there were people that didn't. They showed me that they were giving me the opportunity to [show] the real me, and that's all that mattered,” the All My Children
At present, Martinez is now a national spokesperson for the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes, to promote and support programs helping other wounded service members.
On All My Children
, Brot stays hidden despite his best intentions and eventually comes face-to-face with his former lover Taylor (Beth Ehlers).
"At first it's tough, because she wants to know so much and he wants to keep so much from her," he explained.
To find out how Taylor reacts when she discovers that Brot is alive, grab a copy of the December 9 issue of Soap Opera Weekly.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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