When R & M Service Experts General Manager Stephen Arvan was invited to provide a complimentary HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) equipment installation for a marine who lost both his legs while sweeping for IEDs in Afghanistan, there was only one thing to say: Absolutely.
At only 27 years old, Cody Evans was injured by an IED explosion while on patrol in Afghanistan. The explosion resulted in burns on his arms and hands, broken bones in his right hand, a pulmonary embolism, and a broken coccyx. The incident 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.
Though he’s been living in Tennessee for more than three years, this May Cody is getting a another kind of homecoming. With the assistance of over 400 sub-contractors and 80 traveling volunteers, including FDNY firefighters who were at the World Trade Center on 9/11, the organization A Soldier’s Journey Home was able to construct Cody a disabled-accessible home.
According to the non-profit’s site, A Soldier’s Journey Home is the result 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 awful day that will never be forgotten prompted a new age that resulted in many of our nation’s men and women being stationed overseas. A Soldier’s Journey Home wants to show their support and make it known to these soldiers and their families know that their sacrifice does not go unnoticed.
“These guys have left to fight overseas for us and our freedom, so this is a way we can show support for them,” 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 has now become the project coordinator for the non-profit.
“This was our first home build as our own non-profit group,” said Stephen. Several of the volunteers and the board members had been aiding other organizations that help to rebuild after tragedy, 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.