When R & M Service Experts General Manager Stephen Arvan was approached to install an HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system free of charge for a soldier who lost both his legs while sweeping for IEDs in Afghanistan, there was only one answer: Absolutely.
At only 27 years old, Cody Evans was injured by an IED explosion while on patrol in Afghanistan. The explosion gave Cody burns on his hands and arms, broken bones in one of his hands, a pulmonary embolism, and a fractured tailbone. It also took both his legs. After 11 months of inpatient and outpatient treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Cody came home to Tennessee and retired from the Marine Corps at the beginning of 2013.
Although he’s been back in Tennessee for over three years, this month Cody is having a whole new homecoming. With the collaboration of over 400 sub-contractors and 80 out of town volunteers, including NYC firefighters who were first responders at the Twin Towers on 9/11, the organization A Soldier’s Journey Home was able to build Cody a disabled-accessible home.
According to the organization, A Soldier’s Journey Home is the product and passion of a circle of people who will forever remember September 11, 2001, but most importantly, will always remember what we as a nation felt like on September 12, 2001.
That tragic day that will never be forgotten prompted 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 sure these men and women and their families know that their sacrifice does not go unnoticed.
“These men and women have gone to fight overseas for us and our freedom, so this is a way we can show how thankful we are for their service,” said Stephen. Stephen was honored to be a part of such an amazing organization and has been working with A Soldier’s Journey Home for many months. He is excited to now be the project coordinator for the organization.
“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 created in 2015 to focus on our men and women returning home.
Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning would like to welcome home Lance Corporal Cody Evans and we thank all of our soldiers and their families who sacrifice so much for all of us here at home. We salute you.