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 sweeping for IEDs in 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 resulted in burns from his hands to his arms, broken bones in his right hand, a pulmonary embolism, and a fractured tailbone. The incident also took both his legs. After nearly a year 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 participation of over 400 sub-contractors and 80 traveling volunteers, including New York Fire Department firefighters who responded to Ground Zero 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 outcome and passion of a group of people who will always remember September 11, 2001, but most importantly, have not forgotten what we as a nation felt like on September 12, 2001.
That awful day that will forever be remembered spurred a new age that resulted in many of our nation’s men and women being stationed overseas. A Soldier’s Journey Home wants to offer support and ensure these men and women and their families know that their sacrifice does not go unnoticed.
“These guys have gone to fight overseas for us and our freedom, so this is the least we can do to show how thankful we are for their service,” said Stephen. Stephen was humbled to be a part of such a wonderful organization and has been working with A Soldier’s Journey Home for the past several months. He is excited to now be the project coordinator for the non-profit.
“This was our first home build as our own non-profit group,” said Stephen. A vast amount of the volunteers and the board members had been assisting other organizations that help to rebuild after tragic events, including helping after Hurricane Katrina. A Soldier’s Journey home was formed in 2015 to focus on soldiers 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.