ARLINGTON, Va. – Actors Efren Ramirez and Julia Ling will soon team up to visit troops stationed in Djibouti and the Persian Gulf on a USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour. This will be the first USO tour for both Ramirez and Ling. The pair will visit with service members, sign autographs, take photographs and extend their gratitude to troops serving abroad.
In September of 2008 Ramirez visited with wounded warriors at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. During the visit, he walked from room to room shaking hands with service members, listening to their stories, signing autographs and expressing his heartfelt thanks for their service.
"Visiting with patients at Walter Reed really inspired me to do this USO tour," says Ramirez. "I just knew that I had to get out and let our troops know how much I appreciate their sacrifices."
Ramirez, best known for his portrayal of ‘Pedro’ in the independent comedic film "Napoleon Dynamite," has spawned a pop-culture fan base around the world. He can also be seen in the adrenaline pumping action thrillers "Crank" and its sequel "Crank High Voltage" with Jason Statham. Coming up he can be seen in "The Pool Boys" due in theaters later this year.
Born and raised in Southern California, Ling’s first television role was on the 2003 season of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." She has also appeared in popular network series such as Fox’s "House M.D.," NBC’s "E.R." and ABC’s "Grey’s Anatomy." Ling can currently be seen on the hit NBC series "Chuck" and will be featured in the upcoming comedy film "High School."
In times of peace and war, the USO consistently delivers its special brand of entertainment and comfort