All My Children
August 10, 2010 by staff
All My Children, JR Martínez-star of ABC’s Emmy award-winning drama “All My Children” and wounded warrior has signed on to be the spokesperson for “rehabilitate the troops”, a virtual rehabilitation program, sponsored by the Armed Forces that insurance warriors wounded in combat working out through the webcam with professional athletes with a Nintendo Wii.
“JR is a veteran of the Army and was seriously wounded in combat, so he knows exactly what these wounded warriors are happening,” said Colonel Tom Dials (U.S. Army, Ret.) Chairman of the Armed Forces Insurance. “He fought hard to recover and came to achieve amazing things, we are proud he has decided to join the program.”
In 2003, Martinez suffered serious burns over 40 percent of his body while serving as an infantryman in Iraq. After a long and difficult recovery, now travels throughout the United States serving as a motivational speaker, sharing a message of strength and optimism in the face of enormous challenges to the veterans groups, schools, corporations and other organizations. Since late 2008, Martinez has played the role of Brot Monroe on “ABC All My Children.”
“This program is so important, that it raises awareness of the challenges faced by wounded warriors, while giving each participant a source of motivation and purpose of work toward,” Martinez said. “I am honored to participate.”
Martinez’s first season working with wounded warriors and speak at lunch on the final event of the program in New Orleans on August 21, when the troops will receive prizes and see the house in New Orleans Saints first preseason game at the Superdome Louisiana.
Rehabbing professionals with troops NFL Wounded Warrior Help Recover
Since June 10, 22 wounded warriors took part in weekly training sessions as part of the first season of his rehabilitation with the troops, a rehabilitation program of 10 weeks which was developed by Pro vs. GI Joe, in collaboration with the Service Organizations United (USO) and Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) and sponsored by Armed Forces Insurance (AFI, www.afi.org).
Season the program began June 10 when the Warriors traveled to the installation TRACK Wounded Warrior Project in Jacksonville, Florida, to solve interactively with the New Orleans Saints live via webcam. wounded warriors and members of the New Orleans Saints team gathered in front of flat screen televisions provided by Best Buy for exercise with a Nintendo Wii and webcam. Pro vs GI Joe partnered with Wounded Warrior Project to develop customized training through specific exercises within the EA Sports title Active.
During the first season, each wounded warrior has participated in several rehabilitation sessions per week at home while documenting their journey on the website of Wounded Warrior Arena (www.woundedwarriorarena.org), Twitter and Facebook. A season is being filmed by two veterans of Iraq military journalist who created a series of documentaries and upload to the website Wounded Warrior Arena in celebration of the first season. The documentary is produced by Thomas Bramble, creator and producer of television programs the Pentagon Iraq Freestyle.
About Armed Forces Insurance
AFI was founded in 1887 by military leaders with a single mission: to protect the property of those who protect our nation. The company offers the highest quality, competitively priced property and casualty insurance to active duty, former and retired military and active and retired employees of the Department of Defense United States and abroad. Based in Leavenworth, Kansas, AFI understands that its subscribers have unique circumstances and insurance needs, allowing the company to offer a level of personalized service that is unmatched in the industry. For more information, visit or call 1-800-495-8234 www.afi.org.
About Pro vs G.I. Joe
Headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, Pro vs. GI Joe is a nonprofit organization that provides troops serving all over the world with opportunities for professional athletes or celebrities in the competition head to head games, both online and in person. The organization uses the best of the modern webcam, including the technology of today, PlayStation, Xbox Live and the Nintendo Wii, to make virtual connections across the miles. By bringing together the families of the troops participating via webcam during the event, Pro vs. GI Joe also connects families separated by military service. For more information, visit http://www.prosvsgijoes.org.
About Wounded Warrior Project
The mission of the Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower wounded warriors. Its purpose is to raise awareness and ensure public support for the needs of injured service members to help the wounded and the women of mutual aid and assistance, and provide unique programs, direct services to meet your needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan, based in Jacksonville, Florida to participate and more information, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
About the USO
The USO (United Service Organizations) is a private, nonprofit uplifting of U.S. troops and their families. The USO provides a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases worldwide, first class entertainment and innovative programs and services tailored to the needs of the troops. The organization also provides critical support to those most in need, including soldiers deployed to the and their families, wounded warriors and their families, and families of the fallen. Relying on the generosity of individual donors and corporate sponsors, the USO strives to provide the maximum benefit to the troops and their families every dollar donors. For more information, please visit www.uso.org.
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