Are you a vet who has been having trouble adjusting to civilian life? Are you having a difficult time make a career transition?

This fall, the Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce is launching a 10-week boot-camp that will provide 20 vets with all the tools they need to be set up for success.

We are looking for veterans who were honorably discharged with their DD214 papers to apply for this amazing opportunity. The Chamber, along with several members companies' human resource representatives, will select 20 candidates for this special Back to Work "Boot Camp".  At the completion of the 10-week interactive boot camp each Veteran will receive a career enhancing package valued at over $8,000 (Awarded at graduation on November 8, 2018.  The remaining applicants will also be shared with the committee for hiring consideration and will be invited to attend a hiring event on January 23, 2019.

So what is the Back to Work Educational & Mentorship BOOT CAMP?
​The Boot Camp is comprised of educational programs that inspire, support and prioritize career readiness.  The workshops focus on a wide range of topics that include Success Stories from Fellow Veterans to Career Exploration, and Social Media, Resume Writing, Company Tours and so much more. You will leave the program with a renewed sense of purpose, as well as armed with an updated resume, interviewing and networking skills and a much deeper understanding of yourself.


Each veteran will also receive a career package valued at more than $8,000 that includes some of the following gifts:

·         2018 Personal Laptop Computer & Microsoft Office Software

·         $500 to Jewel/Osco Gift Card

·         $400 Woodfield Mall Gift Card for Career Apparel

·         Personalized Professional Resume Package

·         1-year Auto Maintenance Package

·         Career Counseling, Mentorship from the Business Community and More!

We will be selecting 20 applicants for this amazing program.  The Veterans selected will be notified the week of July 23, 2018.  The program will begin on September 5 (only meets for 3 hours per week on Wednesday's from 6-9 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce office located at 1401 Oakton Street in Des Plaines. The Boot Camp will be a fun interactive work shop experience through October 31.  On November 8th we will be awarding each Veteran their gifts at a special graduation celebration party.


PROGRAM VIDEOS :Please click here for a special 2 minute video that was done on the day we launched the program in 2017. The second 2 minute video (click here) was filmed on the day we met the 20 selected 2917 Veterans and introduced them to the Veteran mentors at our 1st Boot Camp orientation meeting.

Click Here to view the Success stories as of a result of the program last year and job Fair this year as well as the new program in 2018!

 For more information email Andrea Biwer at

Special Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor:  Rivers Casino

Supporting Sponsors: AT&T, Daily Herald Media Group, Jewel-Osco, Home Helpers of Northeastern Illinois,  VFW Post 2992, Solutions Networking, Wintrust Mortgage

Education Partners:  Harper College & Oakton Community College