If a soldier is wounded on the battlefield and requires a helicopter evacuation (CASEVAC), fellow warriors will call in a “Nine Line.” The “Nine Line” refers to a standard nine lines of information used throughout the military to provide clear and concise instructions for the evacuation, such as location, number of casualties, extent of injuries, urgency, and so on.
Those who answer the Nine Line call are always ready to help those in need.
In 2013, two combat veteran brothers formed Nine Line Apparel to honor and celebrate those who have served, and continue the mission of helping those in need.
Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher is one of the warriors Nine Line has been proud to assist.
Gallagher had met Tyler Merritt, Nine Line’s CEO, in passing once on deployment, but had no idea how their lives would later become linked.
When Gallagher’s case first became public, Nine Line showed up almost out of the blue to support him and was with him every step of the way.
Gallagher said when his family was in distress, Nine Line was there to help, and speak up for him alongside a small group of advocates and non-profit organizations who were there to help. Through its apparel sales, the company raised thousands of dollars to help defray his legal expenses, and make sure the nation was aware of the sham case against him.
As we’ve reported here, Gallagher was acquitted of the major charges against him and had his rank restored by President Trump…but his story isn’t yet over.
Now Nine Line Apparel will continue working with Eddie Gallagher on an exclusive line of apparel called Salty Frog Gear (SFG).
The company describes Nine Line SFG as “a coastal lifestyle brand with an edge. With specialty garments (flexible enough for a fishing trip at sea or a weekend afternoon on the range, SFG provides functional, versatile, and affordable apparel solutions for your next outdoor adventure.”
A portion of the sales of Salty Frog Gear will go towards Gallagher’s new non-profit initiative to raise money for other service members who have been wrongfully accused of Uniformed Code of Military Justice offenses.
Of his commitment to his brothers and sisters in uniform, Gallagher says, “Brotherhood isn’t just a statement, it’s a way of life. On and off the battlefield I accept the responsibility for the welfare of my brothers.
It’s been and honor and privilege to uphold this standard through my military career and I will keep doing so after I retire.”
As a veteran-owned company, the concept of giving back is baked into the DNA of Nine Line. CEO Merritt says, “we are proud to see our actions being paid forward by those that we have assisted.”