Days of our Lives to honor returning troops and a special episode to air in January 2012 featuring real-life veterans discussing post-traumatic stress disorders from war.
TV Source received the following press release from DAYS publicity regarding a special episode to air in January 2012:
DAYS OF OUR LIVES DEDICATES UPCOMING EPISODE TO RETURNING VETERANS AND PTSD
Actual Veterans to Appear on the Show Focusing on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders from War
( November 4, 2011 – Los Angeles) “Days of our Lives,” NBC’s longest-running scripted series, will honor current and retired U.S. troops by dedicating an upcoming episode to veterans returning home and dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder. Scheduled to air in January, this will continue the show’s long history of exploring real life social issues and representing the show’s vast variety of viewers and their struggles.
Actual veterans will appear as themselves in the episode, which focuses on psychiatrist “Marlena Evans,” played by Deidre Hall, taking Matthew Ashford’s “Jack” to a veteran’s hospital and visiting with patients struggling with returning home and their memories of war. A journalist who was kidnapped and held in Afghanistan while on assignment, “Jack” has returned to his home in Salem, but struggles to fit back in to his former life and face the reality of what he was put through, leading to issues dealing with stress and the pressure of strained relationships with his ex-wife and daughter. Joining the cast are a group of actual veterans, including Captain Leslie Nicole Smith, a former Army Public Affairs Officer, who retired due to a blood virus she contracted in Bosnia which resulted in the loss of her left leg, complete vision in her left eye, and some loss to her right eye’s vision. She currently speaks around the country to veterans and other victims of post-traumatic stress disorder.
“With President Obama’s recent announcement that we will bring home our troops we thought it was an important issue to address and let our family of viewers know we care about them,” said Co-Executive Producer Greg Meng.
About Corday Productions
Corday Productions, Inc., is an independent production company known for producing “Days of our Lives,” the daytime drama that appears Monday through Friday in the United States on the NBC Television Network. Since 1985, Ken Corday has been the President of Corday Productions and Executive Producer of “Days of our Lives,” overseeing the full-time, day-to-day running of the show. Under Ken Corday’s leadership, “Days of our Lives” has taken on daring storylines and won numerous awards for its writing, acting, and production quality. In addition to airing weekdays on the NBC network, “Days of our Lives” is broadcast weeknights via cable on SOAPnet and episodes are also offered via iTunes. “Days of our Lives” is distributed to international audiences in Canada, Europe, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and the Middle East. Corday Productions is actively involved in developing innovative reality and scripted programs for broadcast and cable television and the next generation of television media.