All My Children actor J.R. Martinez (pictured) is the new spokesperson for Rehabbing with the Troops, a virtual rehabilitation program that links wounded U.S. military personnel with professional athletes via webcam as they work out using a Nintendo Wii.
Martinez himself is an ex-infantryman who suffered burns to more than 40 percent of his body in 2003 while serving in Iraq. He will work out with wounded warriors from Season One of Rehabbing with the Troops, which kicked off in June and wraps up on August 21 in New Orleans. Members of the Super Bowl champions Saints acted as this year’s pro trainers.
Martinez said about his new role, “This program is so important—it raises awareness of the challenges facing wounded warriors while giving each participant a source of motivation and a goal to work toward.”
Participants in the virtual rehab document their workouts on the Wounded Warrior Arena website. More on what a season consists of:
Rehabbing with the Troops consists of ‘seasons’, with each ‘season’ lasting several weeks. Each week the wounded warriors will be given intense, customized workouts they must complete using EA Sports Active on the Wii. For Rehabbing with the Troops Season 1, each warrior is required to complete a minimum of two workouts per week for 10 weeks. The season lasts from the kickoff on June 10th to August 21st.
Rehabbing with the Troops is a operated by the non-profit Pro vs. GI Joe and sponsored by Armed Forces Insurance.