WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has invited
soldier-turned-actor J.R. Martinez, who just won the most recent
"Dancing with the Stars" competition, to the Pentagon for
A Pentagon spokesman says Panetta called Martinez on Friday and
told the dancing champion that he demonstrated the strength and
resilience of wounded veterans.
Capt. John Kirby says Martinez credited his military training
for his performance during the competition broadcast on ABC.
Kirby says details about Panetta's meeting with Martinez are
being work out.
The 28-year-old Martinez was severely burned over more than 40
percent of his body when the Humvee he was driving for the U.S.
Army struck a land mine in 2003.
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