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Social distancing a good time to brush up on American Legion knowledge

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With a large portion of the nation’s residents under some form of “stay at home” policy, American Legion Family members have been brushing up on their Legion knowledge through the organization’s online training program.

On March 18, Michele Emery – a Member Engagement & Training Coordinator at National Headquarters and the administrator on the National American Legion College Facebook group – posted to the group that social distancing was a good time to promote The American Legion’s Basic Training platform, an online official training program for officers, members, Legion College applicants and those who simply want to expand their knowledge of the nation's largest veterans service organization.

Emery noted Basic Training “checks all the boxes”: working from home, eLearning, a distraction from cabin fever and free of charge. And Legion Family members have responded. Emery noted that 215 members signed up to take the course in March, with 147 completing it.

Basic Training continues to be available to any Legion Family member wishing to take the course. The course features videos, digital photos, clickable links, a historical timeline and additional features, and should take approximately two hours to complete.

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