- As a high-school football player, he hoped to one day play professionally, but he suffered a sports injury in his senior year.
- Enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2002; in January 2003, was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division.
- After being severely injured in Iraq and suffering burns over 40 percent of his body, claimed to see a vision of his sister Anabel, who had died when he was a child.
- Spent 34 months in the hospital and underwent 33 different surgeries, including skin grafts and cosmetic surgery.
- Discovered a talent for motivational speaking by talking with other burn victims during his recovery.
- Joined the cast of the soap opera All My Children in 2008.
- Winner of season 13 of Dancing with the Stars with partner Karina Smirnoff.
- Lauryn Anabelle — Daughter
- Maria Zavala — Mother
- Diana Gonzalez-Jones — Ex-significant Other
- Anabel — Sister
- Birth Name: Jose Rene Martinez
- Birth Place: Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
- Profession: Actor, Motivational speaker
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