'Dancing with the Stars' Winner J.R. Martinez Wins Another Award
Laurel Brown
Laurel Brown
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Winning seems to be what J.R. Martinez does these days. Just days after he won the Mirror Ball trophy on Dancing with the Stars season 13, the veteran and actor has won another award. Martinez was presented with the Unsung Hero Award on December 3.

The award, given by Lois Pope -- the widow of the founder of The National Enquirer and the financier of a planned memorial honoring disabled veterans -- presented the award to J.R. Martinez at her "Lady in Red" Ball in Palm Beach, according to a report from People.com.

Martinez was chosen for the award thanks to his "overcoming devastating injuries to make a full life for himself and in so doing bring the plight of America's three million living disabled veterans into our country's consciousness."

J.R. Martinez was seriously injured while on active combat duty in Iraq in 2003. Thanks to a landmine explosion, the soldier ended up with serious injuries requiring more than two dozen surgeries during Martinez's rehabilitation.

The injuries did not, however, slow down much in J.R.'s life. In addition to a career in motivational speaking, J.R. Martinez soon earned a recurring role on All My Children. The more recent -- and winning -- stint on Dancing with the Stars brought J.R. Martinez even more fame.

The Lady in Red Ball profited from the inclusion of J.R. as well. The benefit offered a dance with J.R. Martinez for a donor willing to pledge $25,000 to the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial fund. The winning donor then deferred the dancing pleasure to Lois Pope herself.

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Those of us not able to attend high-priced benefit galas can still see more J.R. Martinez -- he will appear as the pre-show host for CNN's Heroes: An All-Star Tribute on December 11.

Does this award signal an increasing level of prominence for J.R. after Dancing with the Stars? Will he stay in acting, or is there another path for him? Leave your comments below!

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