Newlyweds Joanna Garcia and Nick Swisher won’t be sippin’ piña coladas on a tropical beach somewhere during their upcoming honeymoon.
The 31-year-old half-Cuban actress married the New York Yankees outfielder in Florida last December, and they’re finally going on their honeymoon… to visit American soldiers in Afghanistan.
“Three military officers came to the Yankee locker room and asked if any of us would like to visit the troops,” Swisher recently told the New York Post. “My hand went straight up, I said, ‘I’m in.’ I knew Joanna would want to go. It will be our first trip since we got married.”
“We are both really looking forward to visiting the troops,” Garcia added. “Yes, it isn’t a traditional honeymoon, but it is something we both feel strongly about.”
Swisher told the Post why they both felt so compelled. “I come from a military family … and no matter what your views are, these men and women are out there risking everything for us. I realize how fortunate I have been, so I like to give back at every opportunity I can.”
But the couple may make a pit stop on the return trip home for a more intimate honeymoon experience.
“We’ll probably make a stop in Europe on our way back,” teased Garcia, who most recently starred in the ABC sitcom, “Better With You.”