National American Legion College course developer Matt Herndon welcomes class of 2010. Photo by James V. Carroll

54 students attend Legion College

The 12th annual National American Legion College got under way Sunday, Oct. 24 in Indianapolis, training 54 Legionnaires from 31 departments to be future leaders of the organization.

The program enhances knowledge and appreciation of The American Legion, and it teaches the core values and contributions of the organization, the American Legion Auxiliary, Sons of The American Legion and many subordinate programs. The overall expertise gained during the classroom and small group sessions prepares young Legionnaires for leadership positions in posts, districts, counties and departments through education, development and motivation. The curriculum challenges the upcoming leaders to think critically and creatively about issues confronting the Legion.

National and department Legion staff and past Legion College graduates lead students through a number of classroom lectures, as well as small group sessions, with an emphasis on management techniques and leadership skills necessary to increase visibility of Legion programs, growth in membership, and public awareness of the Legion and its corresponding organizations.

Legion College chancellor and Past National Commander Butch Miller addressed the 54 Legionnaires Sunday, reminding them to maintain a level head and use tools learned during Legion College to promote The American Legion and its programs.

Throughout the weeklong program, the students will learn how to write resolutions, interact with the media, write strategic plans and develop public speaking skills. The objective of the small group sessions this year is to give students an opportunity to develop department level training classes.

And before the students graduate from Legion College on Friday, Oct. 29, American Legion National Adjutant Daniel Wheeler and National Commander Jimmie L. Foster will address the students during one of their individual small groups.

For more information on The American Legion National College, contact Matt Herndon at (317) 630-1406.



  1. Sgt. D: Did you get any more informaton on the requirements, fees, and location for the American Legion College? I found the phone number with the contact name and left a message but havn't heard back yet. Has the Post in your area given you more information yet? Let me know, I'm interested too. Name and phone number I found: For more information, contact Matt Herndon, course developer, The American Legion National College, at (317) 630-1406
  2. I couldnt find more informaton on the requirements and fees and location on attending the American Legion College, would someone send me a link to where I could find the information that I'm seeking Thanks v/r SGT D. Crespo US ARMY
  3. I am a veteran of US Army my children fathers was a disable American Vietnam Veteran however they are not receiving benefits. I've tried over the years to get them there benefits they are 14 yrs old now Can someone guide me in the right direction. My father was also a disable USA veteran as well.. Also would like to thank The American Legion for the recent help they gave us in Oct. 2010. If i could join I would but currently i am unemployed and looking for work. Thank You
  4. It is a sad day when one has nothing better than this type of comment toward an Organization or it's members striving for the advancement of our nations veterans, military and National history.
  5. Keep up the great work. We are so proud of the educational programs that you offer to our membership,so that we might continue to serve our fellow veterans, military and communities to the best of our abilities. Hats off to you. HOORAH.
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