J.R. Martinez is famous for his winning dance moves on "Dancing with the Stars" and his acting role in the long-running soap opera "All My Children."
However, one of Martinez's biggest achievements was fighting for the U.S. in Iraq, where he was was severely injured when his vehicle hit a landmine in 2003.
Martinez suffered severe burns to over 40% of his body, and during his recovery he discovered that he could help motivate other burn patients and help them heal.
Now, Martinez is taking his inspirational story a step further, and he'll be running in the New York City marathon on behalf of Timex to help raise money for the New York Road Runners' youth program.
The actor and motivational speaker sits down with the Starting Point team this morning to discuss his new initiative and to explain why he decided the run the race.
I was born in 1927 and I am very alert. My parents were inmrgiamts. My dad could not read or write English. My mother had 3 months (total) of education. She could read and write English and could add, subtract, multiply, divide and do percentages. I am a retired doctor. I invested in real estate to retire on. My parents had a small store and my brothers and I worked in the store. We had to have a union butcher and he made more than my parents. My parents had to go out of business because of the union butcher. They were able to do that by prudent investing in real estate. We worked 14 hours a day. The union butcher worked (??) his eight hours. I voted for Harry Truman in 1948, but that was the only Democrat I voted for. I have voted Republican since 1952. The unions have driven our manufacturing to Asia. I checked Sam's club, Costco and Walmart and all of the retail stores. Absolutely nothing is manufactured in this country. That is what the unions did. In this country, most of the jobs are government and then service (sales, restaurant etc) That is why this country is bankrupt.
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