As previously reported, All My Children has cast real-life Iraqi War veteran JR Martinez in the role of Brot Monroe, the fellow soldier Lt. Taylor Thompson (Beth Ehlers), fell in love with while both were serving their country in the backstory for the fictional soap.
According to a press release from ABC Daytime, Brot's combat-related injuries, which caused him to allow Taylor to believe he was dead so not to burden her, were determined by Martinez's real life injuries.
In February of 2003, Mr. Martinez was deployed to Iraq and in April, 2003, while serving as a driver of a Humvee, the tire hit a landmine and he suffered severe burns to more than 40 percent of his body."
In addition to his new role on All My Children, Martinez, who spent 34 months in the hospital and underwent 32 surgeries, also serves as national spokesperson for the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes. No matter our respective political leanings tonight, I just want to take this time out to say thank you to Mr. Martinez and all the men and women who risk their lives to protect my opportunity to run my big mouth. And here's to hoping we elect a leader tonight who will utilize the tenets of diplomacy to the utmost before putting these brave men and women in harm's way.