Veteran brothers in arms shaking up business and Washington
Tyler and Danny Merritt both joined the Army at the ripe old age of 18. Although Tyler pursued a lifelong dream of flying helicopters for the Special Operations community, Daniel found his place on the ground. Both brothers first deployed in 2008 for the 10th Mountain Division as Platoon Leaders in Iraq. At the time, Tyler commanded an Apache Helicopter unit while Daniel was left managing an entire province south of Baghdad. That year was an eye-opening experience for both. The brothers witnessed death, destruction, and sacrifice during their deployments, but from the chaos of war also gained a new clarity of purpose.
Tyler describes his first mission flying CAS (Close Air Support) as interesting to say the least.
“We were tasked with supporting an ODA (Special Operations Detachment) on a capture kill mission. We found a group of insurgents wearing suicide vests running towards our Blackhawks, firing machine guns at the assault force. I was able to squeeze off a few rounds of 30 mm and eliminate the threat.”
Tyler said the level of engagements and flying requirements were so great, almost every member of his command exceeded previous flying records, and they did so without complaint.
“We had a job to do, and our customers, the guys on the ground, needed us.”
Daniel had similar experiences and hardships that first deployment. He lacked the air support needed and his convoy was hit with an IED within the first few months of arriving in theater. His unit was also stretched thin, and when given an opportunity to return stateside for his mid-tour leave, Daniel decided to visit with his brother in Tikrit instead.
“I could have gone home like the rest of my unit, but at that point I thought it would be cool to surprise my little brother. I knew he was having a rough deployment so I surprised him for Thanksgiving.”
Fast forward 10 years and a half dozen deployments later.
Tyler and Danny are still passionately focused on giving back to their country, but in different ways.
In 2013, Daniel left active duty and moved to Savannah GA to start Nine Line Apparel with Tyler, who continued to serve as a Special Operations Air Mission Commander for the famed 160th Division.
From humble beginnings in Tyler’s garage, the two brothers quickly grew Nine Line Apparel into a behemoth clothing line. Their mission was to create and inspire patriotism, and as it turns out— despite what you hear in the news — patriotism is alive and well.
In the past seven years, Nine Line has grown to over 200 employees, many of whom are veterans and veteran spouses. The company’s non-profit initiatives have raised millions of dollars for veteran charities.
To learn more about our mission, visit: www.ninelineapparel.com
A NEW LOW: Veteran Forced to Sell House After Being Fined $100 Per Day for US FLAG
An Air Force Veteran living in Florida sold his house after the local homeowners association fined him $100 per day for displaying a 17” American flag in a flower pot on his lawn, reports the Washington Post.
According to the Post, the HOA deemed the flag an “unauthorized object” on his front porch and had to be removed.
This is such a disgrace 😠 Larry Murphree is a proud veteran and should be treated as such! Good for him for showing his national pride! 🇺🇸 https://t.co/hotGbe8qHG
— Thrifty Sue (@thriftysues) July 8, 2018
“After filing a lawsuit in federal court, Murphree came to an agreement with the HOA that he could continue to fly the flag, only to discover a few months later that the HOA had made a new ordinance to remove his flower pot. He also discovered they were using money from his HOA dues to pay off his ‘unauthorized object’ fees, causing him to fall far behind in the dues. With foreclosure imminent, Murphree decided to sell his house three years ago,” writes the Washington Examiner.
“It just dawned on me there’s people that strap on a gun every day to protect me and the people I love. It’s a small flag, but it stands for a big thank you,” said Larry Murphree.
“He’s probably lost . . . hundreds of thousands of dollars of his retirement money, not to mention the time he’ll never get back from having to fight this battle,” said his attorney.
Read the full report at the Washington Post.
AMERICA'S GAME? NFL REJECTS Pro-Veteran SUPER BOWL Ad
The National Football League continued to reach new lows on Tuesday; flat-out rejecting a one-page advertisement in the NFL’s official Super Bowl Program that urged all Americans to “Please Stand” during the performance of the national anthem, reports USA Today.
The ad -submitted by pro-veteran’s organization AMVETS- urged all those attending the big game to remain standing as the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ rings out inside the arena. The material was ultimately rejected by the league for violating the NFL’s commitment to avoiding “political statements” in the program.
“The Super Bowl game program is designed for fans to commemorate and celebrate the game, players, teams and the Super Bowl,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told USA Today.
“It’s never been a place for advertising that could be considered by some as a political statement. The NFL has long supported the military and veterans and will again salute our service members in the Super Bowl with memorable on-field moments that will be televised as part of the game,” he added.
The NFL’s been struggling to come to terms with a disastrous 2017 postseason following months of players “taking a knee” during the performance of the national anthem. President Trump rocketed the issue into the spotlight after he called for a full-fledged boycott of the NFL until league owners demand their athletes remain standing during the ‘Star-Spangled Banner.’