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  I want to let you know that there has been a change in the training required for the Ohio CCW. This won’t affect those of you that already have your CCW, but might be a concern to your family & friends that have not yet acquired their CCW.  Starting on May 15th 2016, the class will consist of approximately 6 hours of course work on a computer connected to the internet, and after successfully completing that portion and passing the final test, the student will print a certificate showing that they have completed the first 6 hours of the course.  Then the student will need to contact an instructor and make arrangements to meet with the instructor and complete the final portion of the class including the shooting portion, the cost of the portion of the class with the instructor will be at an additional cost which will vary depending on the instructor.


The NRA has set a deadline of May 15th as the last day an NRA instructor can teach the full 8-hour course.  If you know of anyone that would prefer to take the class with a live instructor, they need to act immediately to schedule a class before May 15th.   For those people that would prefer to take the on-line class, it is available through the NRA, at $60.00 for the on-line portion, and also through at $49.95 for the on-line portion.  If the student uses my code JB1002 they will get a $5.00 discount on the price if they take the course from


This information shared by veteran and CCW instructor Jerry Bortner. You may contact him for further information or to schedule your training.


Jerry Bortner


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 The Journey Home is a facility serving five counties in Indiana along with Mercer, Preble, and Darke counties in Ohio. It is a transitional housing facility that provides a safe environment for veterans who are homeless or transitioning from an in house program at a VA medical center. 

It provides food, clothing, shelter, job opportunities, AA meetings, education opportunities, and other assistance in order to help veterans reintegrate into society. 

To learn more, please visit:


* VA Healthcare System of Ohio


* Readjustment Counseling: Dayton Ohio


The Veterans Readjustment Counseling Center staff offers education and counseling to Vietnam Era Veterans and the in-country Veterans of Lebanon, Grenada, Somalia, World War II, Korea, Panama and the Persian Gulf to help them make a satisfactory post-war readjustment to civilian life. Readjustment Counseling Center is located in the Dayton Vet Center at 627 Edwin C. Moses Blvd., 6th floor, Dayton, Ohio 45408. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Other hours may be made available by appointment. The telephone number is (937) 461-9150.


Visit this Facilities Locator & Directory page to find Ohio locations.
Visit this Facilities Locator & Directory page to find National locations.




* National Center for PTSD


* Defence Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury


DCoE assesses, validates, oversees and facilitates prevention, resilience, identification, treatment, outreach, rehabilitation, and reintegration programs for psychological health and traumatic brain injury to ensure the Department of Defense meets the needs of the nation's military communities, warriors and families.


* Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) was created in 1972 to provide educational opportunities to servicemembers who, because they frequently moved from place to place, had trouble completing college degrees. SOC functions in cooperation with 15 higher education associations, the Department of Defense, and Active and Reserve Components of the Military Services to expand and improve voluntary postsecondary education opportunities for servicemembers worldwide. SOC is funded by the Department of Defense (DoD) through a contract with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). The contract is managed for DoD by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES).




Locate active duty legal activities offering general legal services within the continental United States. Fisher House provides a place for families to stay while loved ones are being treated at the medical facility. Children of Fallen Heroes Can Apply for “Fry” College Scholarship For Vets seeking employment


Joining Forces Program


If you or someone you know is feeling anxious or depressed, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or you can chat with a counselor online.Veterans and their families can call 1-800-273-8255 or go to Veterans Crisis Line for help preventing suicide