DWTS 13 J.R. Martinez Could Make A Difference To Soldiers And War Veterans, Not To Mention Dance Fans

J.R. Martinez may be an unfamiliar face to many of us especially if you’ve never seen him on “All My Children” like myself, but, his turn on Dancing With The Stars “could make a difference to soldiers and war veterans, not to mention dance fans” according to the LA Times. Just how serious could JR’s role play on the show and help those who have suffered from catastrophic burns and who have went through numerous cosmetic and skin graft surgeries? The LA Times explores this question while interviewing some doctors on it. Here’s a take…

“No question about it,” said Dr. Timothy Miller, executive director of Operation Mend, a partnership among the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, and the V.A.-Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System that treats U.S. military members who have been seriously wounded while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. “He’s got some scars, but I’m sure he looks better than he did. I can’t speak for him, but I’m willing to say he’s more pleased or happier now than before his reconstruction.”

Miller says he’s seen spirits lifted among patients treated via Operation Mend: “Sometimes we’re averaging six to eight operations on someone, and some go to 15,” he says. “They can extend over a year and a half. I can tell you without hesitation that their mood is definitely improved [as reconstructive surgeries improve their wounds]. They are much more outgoing and much happier.”

Having a solid support system is critical to helping patients through tough times, he adds. “So many people have very strong families that are very dedicated — that’s the most important thing, I think.” Fellow patients help each other as well, as Martinez has done for his fellow soldiers. “I know there’s a certain understanding and special feeling among people who have had serious injuries. They want to be helpful — it’s a natural thing.”

Can I just say I am so loving this guy!!