For months we've seen "All My Children's" Taylor (Beth Ehlers), a veteran of the Iraq war, mourn the death of her fiance, Brot, who was killed in combat. It's part of the reason she's desperate to be redeployed, as being in Iraq makes her feel closer to Brot's spirit. Only thing is, Brot's not dead. He's actually the mystery man who hired Tad (Michael E. Knight) to trail Taylor. To play the role, "All My Children" has hired JR Martinez, a real life veteran of the Iraq war.
But why did Brot let Taylor believe he's dead? As the show will play, he didn't want to subject Taylor to the reality of his extensive injuries. Brot is burned on over 40% of his body. Why this specific type of injury? Because it was determined by JR's own injuries.
Two months after his deployment to Iraq in February 2003, JR was driving a Humvee that hit a landmine. With 40% of his body burned, JR underwent 32 surgeries and spent 34 months in the hospital.