A United States veteran that served in Afghanistan was awarded $20,000 after appearing on the popular CBS show “Undercover Boss.” Jeff Dudan, Owner and CEO of AdvantaClean, a cleaning and home services company, found out that his lead technician, Kyle, was a veteran just moments before awarding him for his hard work.
Dudan disguised himself as a fellow employee by the name of “Dusty” to covertly work among his employees during the taping last spring. The CEO told reporters that he had made his decision long before knowing Kyle was a veteran and was awarding him the bonus based on his work ethic, dedication to the job, and his future goals. Dudan says the experience was as rewarding for him as it was for Kyle.
“There were definitely some lessons learned, and some things that you can always do better as a brand to help support our franchise owners. But what came through more than anything was how important it is for our owners to provide good service. We really did get a lot out of the show – it’s not something where the interactions are managed. Those are real people out there,” said Dudan, a Chicago native and former wide receiver at Appalachian State University.
Kyle plans to use the $20,000 to pay off his student loans. He currently works full time at AdvantaClean and is a part-time student pursuing a degree related to social work. He aspires to become a social worker so that he can help fellow veterans suffering from PTSD. One of Kyle’s fellow service men committed suicide in front of his wife and child because he couldn’t cope with his PTSD. He says that many of the other veterans he knows suffer from alcohol and drug addiction as well. He says that his only goal in life is to help them.