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War hero J.R. Martinez headlines Piquette Square gala for veterans

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As long as there have been wars people have wanted to help veterans … a lofty goal indeed.  The question that remains is how?  An upcoming gala for Piquette Square for Veterans with war hero J.R Martinez may help do the trick.

JR Martinez book coverPiquette Square is a place that helps veterans who have fallen through society’s nets and become homeless.  This new attempt to help vets, right inside the city of Detroit, contains 150 apartment units to help house them.  The project was developed by Southwest Solutions, which also manage it. Piquette Square offers support services and the hope of reintegration into society, partly through an increased self-sufficiency.

Piquette’s Square already has its supporters though, including General Motors.  GM and its Customer Care and Aftersales Veterans Affinity Group have already given quite a bit to help homeless veterans, but are far from finished.  They are sponsoring a gala on Friday, May 10 at MGM Grand to help raise even more for Piquette Square.

“We are deeply appreciative of GM’s strong and abiding commitment to Piquette Square, and for everything the company is doing to make this Gala a successful and memorable event,” said John Van Camp, director of Southwest Solutions.

To help keep focus on why the evening has come together J.R Martinez has been signed on as the keynote speaker.  For those who are not aware, Martinez is an Iraq war veteran who sustained life-threatening injuries in 2003 when his army vehicle was hit with an explosive device.  He survived but with burned that covered more than 34 percent of his body he was left severely disfigured. The accident occurred four months after being deployed in Iraq. He wrote about these remarkable experiences in his autobiography “Full of Heart: My Story of Survival, Strength and Spirit.”  Martinez has spoken in multiple places and earned much acclaim.

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Piquette Square

“I wouldn’t change anything…absolutely anything!” Martinez has said. “I do believe everything happens for a reason, and I’m extremely grateful for that day because it led me into this life!”

Starting in 2008, he played the role of Brot Monroe on the ABC daytime drama All My Children. He is also the winner of Season 13 of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and was Grand Marshal of the 2012 Rose Parade.

The events reception begins at 6:00 PM with dinner is to follow at 7:00 PM. Individual tickets cost $100, and sponsorship packages are also available.  Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

To learn more about the event, contact Jeannette Holland at 810-606-2280 or; or Don Gore at 810-333-1314 or

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