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Krzyzewski: Hiring a veteran is like landing a top recruit

Posted July 3, 2020 9:51 a.m. EDT
Updated July 3, 2020 5:22 p.m. EDT

Duke head men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski is encouraging companies to hire veterans as companies reopen and jobs come back amid the coronavirus pandemic.

He spoke about that in an extended interview for "Hiring America," which airs Saturday mornings at 5 on WRAL.

"I've actually done a few Zoom meetings with our military during this pandemic and with the cadets at West Point," Krzyzewski said. "It’s not me doing something for them. Whenever I do something like that I come away energized."

Coach K is an Army veteran and a West Point graduate.

"Of everything I have been able to accomplish as a coach, the foundation has been really in the military," he said.

He’s encouraging business leaders to give veterans a look as they hire for open positions. He says those with military experience can bring unique perspective to the workplace.

"I recruit the top players in the country, and they make me look good. In hiring a veteran, you are hiring a top recruit," Krzyzewski said.

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