Quotes by: J. R. Martinez
|J. R. Martinez
J. R. Martinez in 2008
||Jose Rene Martinez
June 14, 1983
Shreveport, Louisiana, US
||Lauryn Anabelle Martinez (b. 2012)
|| United States
||United States Army
|Years of service
War in Afghanistan (2001–present)
||Combat Action Ribbon (Needs Review - Awarded by United States Navy - United States Marine Corps - United States Coast Guard)
If you're going to play high school football, you do it in Texas or Florida or Georgia for the simple fact it's such a big deal.
Obviously, I don't like to use my new celebrity status as a way to get first class service at a restaurant. For me, it's just more special to use it for good.
I'm going to write a book, continue acting, continue motivational speaking and just share with people who I am and what I've learned in my second chance of life and pass it on to people in their first chance of life.
I think in life, if you continue to challenge yourself, you can pride yourself in what you continuously accomplish.
It's hard for people sometimes to relate to me. They weren't in the military, they weren't injured overseas in Iraq, they weren't burned, they didn't go through 33 surgeries, or two and a half years in the hospital.
I don't have a weapon in my hand, and I don't have a uniform on my body, but my uniform now is my scars and weapon is my words, so I'm still serving.
My father left... but I tell my mom - and I told my mom this when I was a kid - I said, 'You know what, Mom? Good thing he left because you're a strong woman.'
I've learned in my life that it's important to be able to step outside your comfort zone and be challenged with something you're not familiar or accustomed to. That challenge will allow you to see what you can do.
The thing is, a lot of our vets come home and they feel displaced, and they don't feel like their voice matters, so for me to be a spokesman and have that honor to educate America about who we are and what we are, it's like I'm doing my job.
I believe that we all have something to share with someone else that can better someone else's life.
I've continually reminded myself that I never want to change. I could be on the cover of a magazine today, but next week someone else is going to be on that cover. You always have to remain the same person because when those opportunities end, guess what you have? You have you. And if you change from being you, you have nothing anymore.
My mother has done so much for me in my life and has continuously been there and been my rock.
There are a lot of people who can be classified as heroes and do great things and inspire me.