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Restoring the Rhythm of Your Life isn’t a slogan; it’s something that we at Caliber, with the help of our partners, strive to do with each and every effort of ours. In doing so, we are able to help those who have sacrificed so much for this country, like 13-year combat veteran, Patrick Ketchum, of Los Angeles.

Patrick was medically retired in 2015, but his mission continues with his relentless volunteer service in the L.A. area. To thank and honor his service, Caliber Collision and Farmers Insurance presented Patrick with the keys to a newly restored 2017 Kia Forte by in Westlake Village, Calif. on March 11, 2020. In the photo above (right to left) is Patrick Ketchum, Mrs. Ketchum, VP of the Central Coast/ San Fernando Valley Sean Harlan, and Elias Casillas, Caliber Brand Ambassador Executive.

The vehicle was donated by Farmers Insurance and restored by Caliber Collision-Westlake Village technicians who volunteered their services as part of the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides® program. This program is a collaborative effort to repair and donate cars to individuals in need.

Reliable transportation is critical for Patrick, who juggles a jam-packed schedule that includes weekly medical and therapy appointments, school and volunteer commitments. As a volunteer for The Mission Continues, which nominated him for a Recycled Ride, Ketchum counsels and mentors veterans transitioning to civilian life, often providing them with transportation to appointments and events. The Mission Continues is a national, nonpartisan nonprofit that empowers veterans to continue their service, and empowers communities with veteran talent, skills and preparedness to generate visible impact.

Patrick is also creating a non-profit organization that will help veteran service organizations collaborate and provide a place for veterans to find resources that are available to them based on their specific circumstances and interests.

To learn more about Caliber’s support of the NABC’s Recycled Rides program, visit calibercollision.com/recycledrides.