American Legion, J.W. Mathers Jr., Post 163, Eau Gallie Fl.

Meetings held at the post the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:30pm.

The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, war-time veterans organization, devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is a not-for-profit community-service organization which now numbers nearly 3 million members, men and women, in nearly 15,000 American Legion posts worldwide.

J. W. Mathers, Jr. was one of the first men killed from this area. He was a PFC and killed after he went overseas. He was survived by his wife, the former Claire O'Hare and a child. His mother and sister also were survivors. His mother was a charter member of the Unit an passed away in 1974. Mathers Bridge, which crosses over the river from Indian Harbor Beach to Indialantic, was named after him.

Thanks to the LEGION Act (Let Everyone Get Involved In Opportunities for National Service Act), Congress expanded the current eligibility period to cover Dec. 7, 1941, to the present, and includes the current war campaigns. Previously, there were seven declared war periods. Now there are two, the current war period dating back to World War II and another war era covering World War I. No other restrictions to American Legion membership changed.