The judges are kind of obnoxious at times and you need to appreciate dance to fully enjoy it, but Dancing With The Stars definitely has one hero to root for this season:

Iraqi war veteran J.R. Martinez, who suffered burns to over 40 percent of his body during battle is easy to cheer on as he takes on life’s challenges and excels.

“It didn’t make sense to me why I was 19 years old and my life was turned around.”

Martinez made that statement on the show about his war injuries and perhaps the answer is: so he can inspire so many of us on responding to adversity and challenges, no matter how awful.

Keep on Dancin’ J.R. … Keep on Dancing!

More from Beliefnet and our partners