The Young and the Restless plans to observe Veterans Day by featuring U.S. veterans on November 11 and 12, CBS announced.
In these special episodes, longtime Y&R character Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott) hosts a fundraiser to honor veterans, while also hoping to get closer to her long-lost son, Dylan McAvoy (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 and Sean Carrigan, 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 special episodes, the Tiffany network will air a CBS Cares PSA featuring Steve Burton about Education and Employment for U.S. Veterans.