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Today’s Collision Presents Refurbished Vehicle to Deserving Veteran

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

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.

SSG Jayme Besse (second from left) during Operation Iraqi Freedom

Vehicle to be presented to SSG Besse

SSG Besse is presented the keys by Today's Collision Owner Bobby Cobb as Owner Kevin Kyes looks on

Today's Collision Owner Kevin Kyes, SSG Jayme Besse, and Today's Collision Owner Bobby Cobb

SSG Besse checks out his new vehicle!

(From left) Malden Police Captain Glen Cronin; Malden Police Chief Kevin Molis; John Sargent, Met Life Director, Special Investigation Unit; Kevin Kyes, Owner, Today's Collision; Linda Sulkaka, National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides Program Manager; US Army National Guard Staff Sergeant Jayme Besse; Joe Chesloski, National Guard Personal Finance Coordinator; Bobby Cobb, Owner, Today' Collision; Kristie Croteau, Met Life Total Loss Team Supervisor; Colton Bradford, 101.7 The Bull

Today's Collision crew with SSG Besse (center)

SSG Besse drives away in his new car

Released by the Office of Mayor Gary Christenson

Photos by City of Malden