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Nov282011

Defense Secretary Reaches Out to 'DWTS' Champ J.R. Martinez

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- After winning the most recent season of Dancing with the Stars last week, J.R. Martinez was sent a congratulatory letter by a top government official. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta wrote in his letter to the Iraq war veteran that Martinez's spirit "captivated the nation" and his victory "sends a powerful message about the strength and resilience of our wounded warriors.”

Panetta also chatted with Martinez by phone on Friday, extending him an invite to the Pentagon. According to a Pentagon spokesman, a meeting between the two could be arranged in the near future.

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