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Army vet receives Recycled Ride

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 07:00
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A local Army vet, Tristan Carpe, served our country for seven years in a challenging environment helping our wounded troops at the US Army Medical Center at Landstuhl, Germany. When she needed some help herself, LaMettry’s Collision, American Family Insurance, and local vendor partners worked together to provide her family with a reliable vehicle through the NABC’s Recycled Rides™ program. She received the keys to a fully restored 2016 Toyota Camry at a celebration ceremony on May 21.
 
A recurring theme of the event was taking the time to appreciate the service and sacrifice of our military, and offering help when needed. Assisting Tristan locally was Dan Tengwall, Carver County Veteran Services Officer. He noted, “Tristan, like any other vet, came to our office. I think the one difference is. She asked for help." He reminded all vets "how important it is to ask for help, because the help is out there."
 
Col. Bob Ayotte, part of the nomination and planning committee

The LaMettry family with Tristan Carpe and her family at the Recycled Rides™ event.

for this event shared, “I know the American Family. This is the American family… what you do, Americans helping Americans, has such an impact because the ones that receive the car are not [just] happy about the car, they’re happy because you care.”
 
Speaking of the service and sacrifice of our military members, Rep. Kelly Morrison (MN House, 33B) said, “Tristan Carpe is certainly a wonderful example of this ethic of sacrifice and service. You heard about her remarkable journey. She was stationed in Germany where she cared for troops medevacked from Afghanistan and Iraq. Her courage inspires us all. To enlist at the height of post-9/11 war on terror alone is brave and admirable. To care for our fallen and wounded warriors is a critical and unbelievably challenging task.”
 
Contributing partners making this event possible include American Family, LaMettry’s Collision, Burnsville Toyota, 3M, BASF, Chanhassen AutoPlex, Charity Cars, EP Auto, Tire & Glass, Flags and Honor of Minnesota, and IAA – Insurance Auto Auctions.
 
This is the 9th vehicle LaMettry’s Collision has repaired and donated through the NABC’s Recycled Rides™ Program.

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