When R & M Service Experts General Manager Stephen Arvan was asked to provide a complimentary HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) equipment installation for a soldier who lost both his legs while deployed to Afghanistan, there was only one thing to say: Absolutely.
Cody Evans was only 27 years old when he was on patrol in Afghanistan and injured by an IED explosion. The explosion gave Cody burns from his hands to his arms, broken bones in his right hand, a pulmonary embolism, and a fractured coccyx. The explosion also took both his legs. After 11 months of inpatient and outpatient treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Cody returned home to Tennessee and retired from the Marine Corps at the start of 2013.
Although he’s been back in Tennessee for over three years, this month Cody is having a whole new homecoming. With the participation of over 400 sub-contractors and 80 visiting volunteers, including New York Fire Department firefighters who were first responders at Ground Zero on 9/11, the organization A Soldier’s Journey Home was able to build Cody a disabled-accessible home.
According to their website, A Soldier’s Journey Home is the product and passion of a circle of people who will always remember September 11, 2001, but most importantly, will always remember what we as a nation felt like on September 12, 2001.
That awful day that will forever be remembered propelled a new age that resulted in many of our nation’s men and women being sent overseas. A Soldier’s Journey Home wants to give their support and make it known to these soldiers and their families know that their sacrifice does not go unnoticed.
“These soldiers have gone to fight overseas for us and our freedom, so this is the least we can do to show support for them,” said Stephen. Stephen was proud to be a part of such a wonderful organization and has been working with A Soldier’s Journey Home for several months. He is excited to now be the project coordinator for the group.
“This was our first home build as our own non-profit group,” said Stephen. Several of the volunteers and the board members had been assisting other organizations that help to rebuild after devastating events, including helping after Hurricane Katrina. A Soldier’s Journey home was established in 2015 to focus on our servicemen and servicewomen returning home.
Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning would like to welcome home Lance Corporal Cody Evans and we thank all of our men and women who serve and their families who sacrifice so much for all of us here at home. We salute you.