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 serviceman who lost both his legs while sweeping for IEDs in Afghanistan, there was only one response: 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 one of his hands, a pulmonary embolism, and a broken coccyx. The incident also took both his legs. After nearly a year of inpatient and outpatient treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Cody went 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 contribution of over 400 sub-contractors and 80 visiting 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 organization, A Soldier’s Journey Home is the result and passion of a mass 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 devastating day that will always 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 give their support and make sure these servicemen and servicewomen and their families know that their sacrifice does not go unnoticed.
“These men and women have deployed to fight overseas for us and our freedom, so this is the least we can do to show our gratitude,” said Stephen. Stephen was humbled to be a part of such an incredible 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 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 helping with 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 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 servicemen and servicewomen and their families who sacrifice so much for all of us here at home. We salute you.