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Dancing With the Stars champions J.R. Martinez, a wounded Iraq War veteran and former soap opera star performs with Karina Smirnoff, at the Mohegan Sun Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012. The free event was part of the Reality Check series at the Mohegan Sun. After performing the duo signed autographs.

Published: January 22, 2012

Dancing With the Stars champion Karina Smirnoff, center, receives a hug from 11-year-old Carmen Melchionne, right, of Prospect, Conn., while signing autographs with her dance partner J.R. Martinez, left, a wounded Iraq War veteran and former soap opera star, after their performance at the Mohegan Sun Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012. The free event was part of the Reality Check series at the Mohegan Sun.

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