J.R. Martinez’s emotionally-charged ‘Dancing With the Stars’ routine was the highlight of the competition this week. Martinez, who was injured in a humvee accident while serving in Iraq, stopped by ‘Access Hollywood Live‘ (weekdays, syndicated on NBC) to talk about what the performance, which he dedicated soldiers who didn’t make it home from the war, meant to him. READ MORE
In 2003, Martinez sustained severe burns to over 40 percent of his body while serving as a United States Army infantryman in Iraq. Following his recovery, he has traveled around the country speaking about his experiences to corporations, veterans groups, schools, and other organizations.
The United States Declaration of Independence is a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies then at war with Great Britain were now independent states, and thus no longer a part of the British Empire. Written primarily by Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration is a formal explanation of why Congress had voted on July 2 to declare independence from Great Britain, more than a year after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War. The birthday of the United States of America—Independence Day—is celebrated on July 4, the day the wording of the Declaration was approved by Congress.
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