Nine Line Foundation, meeting the needs of severely injured soldiers and their families
Captain Tyler Merritt, President and Founder of Nine Line Foundation and a member of the Army’s elite 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment along with Mark Holbert, SFC and a Green Beret who was severely injured and is a beneficiary of the Nine Line Foundation joins Enterprise Radio. Nine Line Foundation is a 501c3 charitable organization, dedicated to meeting the financial and specialized needs of severely injured soldiers and their families.
Listen to interview with host Eric Dye & guests Captain Tyler Merritt & Mark Holbert discuss the following:
- What is the Nine Line Foundation?
- How did you come up with this idea? Why was this started?
- What are the main objectives of the Nine Line Foundation?
- What do you want Americans to know about this Foundation?
- How has Nine Line Foundation made a positive difference for Mark than other foundations.
- What has been the most challenging part about starting a new venture?
Nine Line Foundation was founded two years ago by CPT Tyler Merritt, a member of the Army’s elite 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment and his brother, CPT Daniel Merritt, a military police officer. Earlier, the Merritt brothers created Nine Line Apparel for military veterans. Their vision was simple, to create a high quality clothing brand to be enjoyed by Patriotic American’s around the Globe. In the past few years, their brand has grown, and they have decided to give back to the community they once served through expanding the Nine Line brand to include the Nine Line Foundation.
In early 2013, after Tyler’s West Point classmate, CPT Edward “Flip” Klein, lost three limbs fighting in Afghanistan, the two brothers decided to do the same thing they did as soldiers, proactively look for solutions. They donated a portion of all apparel purchases to help defray the tremendous rehabilitation costs of CPT Klein and, in the process, began a journey to help severely wounded veterans regain their lives.
The foundation’s current initiative is to build a wheelchair accessible home for SFC Mark Holbert, a Green Beret and double amputee injured in 2010. Nine Line Foundation, in cooperation with other non-profits, has already been successful in reducing Mark’s mortgage.
Mark is just one of many in need of assistance, and the line of individuals in need continues to grow. Nine Line has reached out to the community and has watched the interest grow month after month. From marathon runners, to military based motorcycle clubs, to individuals who have never thought about the plight of those returning from combat, people have risen to the challenge and helped Nine Line continue to raise the funds necessary to significantly improve the quality of life of those wounded in the defense of this country.
By focusing efforts on one individual at a time, Nine Line is able to do more with less. With zero overhead, 100% of all dollars collected are directed to the candidates personalized needs, relying on volunteers to ensure the mission is accomplished. As veterans themselves, the Nine Line team feels a lifelong commitment to support their brothers and sisters injured in combat. We would like to build greater awareness of Nine Line in the hope that one day we will have enough funding to help every soldier on our list.