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 marine who lost both his legs while sweeping for IEDs in Afghanistan, there was only one response: Absolutely.
Cody Evans was only 27 when he was injured by an IED explosion while on patrol in Afghanistan. The explosion caused burns from his hands to his arms, broken bones in one of his hands, a pulmonary embolism, and a broken coccyx. It also took both his legs. After almost an entire 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 start 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 participation of over 400 sub-contractors and 80 traveling volunteers, including FDNY firefighters who were at Ground Zero on 9/11, the organization A Soldier’s Journey Home was able to give Cody a disabled-accessible home.
According to the organization, A Soldier’s Journey Home is the result 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 devastating day that will forever be remembered spurred a new age that resulted in many of our nation’s men and women being deployed. A Soldier’s Journey Home wants to give their support and make it known to these men and women and their families know that their sacrifice does not go unnoticed.
“These soldiers have deployed to fight overseas for us and our freedom, so this is a way we can show our gratitude,” 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 has now become the project coordinator for the organization.
“This was our first home build as our own non-profit group,” said Stephen. Many of the volunteers and the board members had been working with other organizations that help to rebuild after tragedy, 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 is honored 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.