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Friday
Dec022011

'Dancing with the Stars' Champ J.R. Martinez Visits the Pentagon

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Dancing with the Stars champion J.R. Martinez was the special guest of the Pentagon on Thursday.  The Iraq war veteran met with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and other Pentagon officials.

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Doug Wilson says Martinez told Panetta he will assist the Pentagon "in any way possible in helping...efforts to better connect the American public with America's military veterans -- particularly wounded warriors."

Following his Dancing with the Stars victory last week, Martinez received a congratulatory letter and phone call from Panetta.  He is scheduled to visit Fort Campbell, Ky., on Saturday and meet the new members of the unit he served with in Iraq.

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