Today’s Collision Repair Center again participated in the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides Program, in which a salvage vehicle that was donated by MetLife Insurance was repaired and restored and presented to a member of Gold Star Family. Today’s Collision Repair recently presented the refurbished vehicle to deserving Veteran, U.S. Army National Guard Staff Sergeant (SSG) Jayme Besse.
SSG Jayme Besse joined the United States Army on April 26, 2000. After basic training he mobilized to Camp Edwards, MA in support of Homeland defense after the tragedies of 9/11. He then received his first orders to deploy to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 42nd Division Artillery. SSG Besse went on to serve three additional deployments to Iraq as a Communications Specialist, IT Systems Specialist and Electronic Warfare NCO. He has received numerous awards and medals including three Army Commendation Awards, four Army Achievement medals, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star and many more service ribbons. He remains active in the National Guard.
SSG Besse currently lives in New Bedford with his wife, Amanda and their seven year old autistic son, Nolan. His wife is disabled and he is the sole income provider for the family working as a Senior IT Systems Analyst. His only means of transportation to his job an hour away from home was an extremely unreliable car which he had to repeatedly pull over during his travels to refill the radiator due to a leak. There is no doubt that Jayme is fully deserving of this vehicle and Today’s Collision was happy to provide it to him.
This is the fifth collaboration between Mass Fallen Heroes and Today's Collision for this incredible donation through the Recycled Rides program. Today’s Collision has locations in Malden and Chelsea and has been repairing all makes and models of import and domestic vehicles, bringing them back to show-room condition since 1989. For more information, please visit www.TodaysCollision.com.
Released by the Office of Mayor Gary Christenson
Photos by City of Malden