A decorated Navy veteran lost his job after he took down a tattered American flag from outside the business where he worked. 


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Rick Heilman, who worked at Yearwood Equipment Company in Fayetteville, Tennessee, discussed the situation with Brian Kilmeade this morning. He explained that a week ago he asked his boss, PD Shelton, if he could take down the ripped flag and fold it up properly.

He says Shelton asked him not to. Heilman said it bothered him all weekend so on Tuesday morning he took down the flag. That led to a confrontation with Shelton, who was angry that Heilman had disobeyed his instructions.

Here's what Shelton had to say on the matter:

"Yearwood Equipment Company supports our nation, our veterans and our nation's flag without reservation. We agree with Rick Heilman that the flag outside our dealership was tattered. There was disagreement between Rick and me as to when, how and who would replace the flag at the facility. Rick was not dismissed from his position at the dealership. Rather, in order to defuse a tense conversation, I asked Rick to leave the premises temporarily. In respect of the flag, we should have moved more swiftly to replace it and we are deeply sorry this situation has intensified in this way."

Heilman said he was offered his job back, but declined, feeling that there's "so much tension" and also because he has not received a call from the owner of the company. He doesn't regret taking the flag down, believing he did the right thing and knew the potential consequences.


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"In today's society and with where we're going as a country and all the stuff we've got going on, it's a whole lot easier to avert your eyes and look the other way and then walk away and complain about it than it is to confront the problem. I think if we as Americans were to step up and confront the problems that we see and address them, then I think we could be doing a whole lot better," said Heilman.

Watch the full interview above.