Des Plaines Park District

Veterans Back to Work Boot Camp


Veterans Back to Work Boot Camp

Are you a recently returned VET needing help with your career transition?

Are you a Veteran in a job, but want to make a career transition into a different industry?

If the answer is YES, we have a wonderful opportunity for you to apply to the
Annual Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce & Industry Veterans Back to Work Boot Camp

Application process opens on May 25- July 10.

The Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce & Industry is proud to announce its 7th Annual Veterans Back-to-Work Boot Camp is returning in September 2023! The selected veterans & NEW (5) Military Spouses will receive the tools they need to transition into the job force.

We are searching for recent military veterans and spouses of current local active duty military members to apply for this trans-formative opportunity The Chamber, along with several human resource representatives and Veteran Business leaders from area companies will select 20 Veterans/ Military Spouses in August. Upon completion, each participant will receive a career-enhancing gift  package valued at more than $10,000.00 (see list below). The remaining applications will be shared with the committee for hiring consideration and will be invited to a future Career Fair.

Please visit here for further information!

Click Here to see a short video on the program’s success.

Upon completion of the Boot Camp on November 9, 2022, each Veteran will receive:

  • Personal Laptop Computer with Microsoft Office Package
  • Carer Enhancing Gift Cards
  • Personalized Resume Package that includes 1- 1 personalized help with Social Media and Interviewing
  • Career Coaching & Mentoring from HR & Business Leaders from across the region
  • Professional & Personal Development Training
  • Networking & Events (Annual Golf Outing, After –Hours, etc.)
  • Community Service Veteran Volunteer Opportunity

. . . . . . . . . . . .  APPLICATION IS OPEN. CLICK HERE  . . . . . . . . . . . .


Remember when you are filling out application that this is how we get to know YOU. Please take time to answer each question. The Veterans chosen will have been selected based on their thoughtful answers.
Helpful Hint: Type your answers in a word document and copy and paste your answers in the application text boxes. You may drag a corner  of the text box to make bigger.
Please note that questions with a (*) must be completed in order to move to next one.

For additional questions about the application, email:
After completing the application, you may also email additional information you want to be considered.

Thank you!

Special Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor

Administrative & Leisure Center2222 Birch Street • 847-391-5700

Golf Center Des Plaines353 N. River Road • 847-803-GOLF

Lake Park Golf Course & Marina1015 Howard Avenue • 847-391-5730

Mountain View Adventure Center510 E. Algonquin Road • 847-391-5733

Mystic Waters2025 Miner Street • 847-391-5740

Prairie Lakes Aquatic Center515 E. Thacker Street • 847-390-4949

Prairie Lakes Community Center515 E. Thacker Street • 847-391-5711