J.R. Martinez at Fort Campbell

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Updated: 12/05/2011 4:04 pm
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) - "Dancing With The Stars" winner J.R. Martinez returned to Fort Campbell to visit soldiers where he was once stationed.

Martinez told the soldiers Sunday the values and lessons he learned in the Army helped him overcome adversity, the Leaf-Chronicle reported .  He said his life took an unexpected turn after he was burned in 2003 when his Humvee struck a land mine in Iraq. Since he could no longer be an infantry soldier, Martinez said he found a different way to serve - as a motivational speaker.   "Just know," Martinez said, "that when I go out there to speak, I'm speaking for every one of you guys, here and around the
world.  "You can take that M-16 out of my hand and that camouflage uniform off of my body, but my weapons are my words and my uniform is my body. That's what I wear and that's what I use every single day to be effective and to carry out my mission."  When Martinez won "Dancing With the Stars," the military medical community at Fort Campbell said his real victory was dispelling perceptions about wounded warriors.

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