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Famed actor motivational speaker and war veteran JR Martinez is a grand Marshal for this year's Memorial Day parade here in Washington.
I spoke -- about his service to our country and how he's making a difference in the lives of so many veterans.
Great to have you on the show today thanks so much for joining us I want -- you know first of all I'm a big fan of yours and -- such an inspiration to so many people around the world.
Well it's it's a pleasure to be able to.
You know to be an example of what we all can accomplish if we believe -- we don't give up and we.
Embrace positive attitude every single day and make the right choices by another operation finally home is really close to your harsh.
And something that you really believe -- tell me why what our troops come home you know it's not just our service members that were overseas that.
Have to adapt and have a difficult time it's also the family members and you know one of the biggest things it about the American dream is to be able to own a home.
And what operation finally home does is essentially gives them -- key to that mortgage free.
Custom homes -- service members who have been injured in Iraq and Afghanistan.
And -- one being that these families don't have to think about and it's not just keys to a home but -- keys to a door that opens up that's full of possibilities and opportunities so it sounds like it's really fantastic.
What's it like you personally to know that -- making a difference in the lives of so many veterans every day.
You know in the military serve we have your uniform on -- -- M sixteen on your tenure deployed to wherever the commander in chief -- request that you go to.
But now that I am home I -- -- completely different capacity Wear my uniform as my scars my weapon -- my words and I go everywhere I go and it's essentially trying to.
Raise awareness about who we are service members are raise awareness about what we go through on a -- a bases but also allow you to understand that.
All we need a service members it is for people to essentially just listen to us they don't have to understand it's just listen to us.
And give us an opportunity because -- like a challenge and we like to select were part of something.
Certainly you've gone through.
Your own challenges your own adventure and hasn't always been easy where does that personal strings for you come from.
How are you able to translate that is something so meaningful and so positive.
That'll get me wrong as much as people we as mr.
positive and that's what people can have that's why a lot of who gravitate towards me.
I'm human and blood runs through my body no different than it does years so I have my days them down but it's important for me when I'm in that moment.
It's a kind of go through that moment but then ultimately make the choice to canister the snap myself out of that and essentially say OK I -- -- that moment.
Let me learn something from -- and let let me get back on the on the on the tracks and find my next -- -- Tenacious I think what's very important -- -- was that life's about choices and we can make a choice to move forward or stay in fear.
So when you talk about that and we think about that what does that mean to you personally.
You know for me you know this memorial memorial weekend it's about trying to remind people.
The server is the ultimate sacrifice that a lot of service members.
Have made and that continued to make even though that quote unquote the war is over there's still service members that are losing their life every single day.
That essentially answer the call to to deploy and leave their families and leave what I call the three apps.
Freedom family and friends and they do that and sometimes they make that ultimate sacrifice so in the mix of us.
-- and our barbecues having a nice cold with our friends and join the day off.
I just ask that everybody out there if you don't have anybody necessarily connected to you in the military.
Encourage your friends encourage the people you're going to be around to just take -- moment.
Have a moment of silence you can go visit -- cemetery.
They just say thank you just kind of pay -- -- that respect that's great well it's a wonderful message and we thank you very much to thank you for your service.
For your courage and for the commitment that you make every day -- helped so many people.
Who needs someone to hear what they have to say to be there for -- thank you so much.
-- thank you for having me on have a great weekend you --
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