CBS’ The Young and the Restless will pay tribute to veterans of the armed forces with two special episodes featuring real-life U.S. veterans, beginning Monday, November 11.
The episodes features long-time Y&R fan favorite Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott) hosting a fundraiser to honor veterans, while also hoping to get closer to her long-lost son, Dylan McAvoy (played by Emmy winner Steve Burton), who recently completed a tour in Afghanistan. Nikki’s husband, Victor (Eric Braeden), announces a plan to have his company, Newman-Chancellor Enterprises, provide jobs for qualified U.S. veterans, letting people know that he values veterans as driven, goal-oriented employees and advising other employers to seek out these proven leaders.
Y&R invited 12 U.S. veterans from the Army, Navy and Marines and who served in World War II, Vietnam, the Gulf War and Iraq to participate in these memorable scenes, along with actors Peter Bergman (Jack) and Sean Carrigan (Stich), who play veterans on the series. The show worked in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for authenticity purposes with this storyline.
In addition to the episodes, CBS will also air a special CBS Cares PSA that directs viewers to www.VA.gov. CBS’s multiple award-winning CBS Cares campaign usually features talent from the wide array of CBS Television Network Programming. These PSAs have addressed numerous causes that impact the lives of millions of viewers, including various PSAs in support of our veterans and their families. Some PSAs refer viewers to the award-winning CBSCares.tv website, which has been described by the Harvard School of Public Health as a “breakthrough website” for the depth of its health information.