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'Stars Earn Stripes': J.W. Cortes encounters Good Samaritan and fellow former U.S. Marine in New York City

After 13 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, J.W. Cortes now works as an officer for the New York MTA (Metropolitan Transit Authority) Police Department. For a short time earlier this summer, he headed to California to participate in filming for the NBC Monday-night reality series "Stars Earn Stripes," which has its first-season finale next week.The show partners celebrities with "operatives" -- who feature a mix of military and law-enforcement experience -- competing on simulated military-training missions to earn money for charities supporting both service personnel and first responders.Cortes is paired with Todd Palin, four-time Iron Dog Snowmobile Race champion, outdoorsman and husband of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who was the 2008 GOP vice-presidential candidate and currently works as a Fox News contributor.But on this particular Monday (Aug. 27) morning, a regular day on the job in Gotham for Cortes turned into a celebrity encounter -- for Cortes, that is, who got to meet... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/08/stars-earn-stripes-jw-cortes-encounters-good-samaritan-and-fellow-former-us-marine-in-new-york-city.html