When R & M Service Experts General Manager Stephen Arvan was approached to provide a free HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) system installation for a marine who lost both his legs while sweeping for IEDs in Afghanistan, there was only one answer: 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 hand, a pulmonary embolism, and a fractured 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.
Even though Cody has been in Tennessee for more than three years now, in May Cody got a totally different kind of homecoming. With the participation of over 400 sub-contractors and 80 visiting volunteers, including New York Fire Department firefighters who were first responders at the World Trade Center on 9/11, the organization A Soldier’s Journey Home was able to build Cody a disabled-accessible home.
According to their website, A Soldier’s Journey Home is the product and passion of a mass of people who will forever remember September 11, 2001, but most importantly, still remember what we as a nation felt like on September 12, 2001.
That awful day that will forever be remembered prompted 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 ensure these servicemen and servicewomen 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 something we can do to show support for them,” said Stephen. Stephen was honored to be a part of such a wonderful 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 aiding other organizations that help to rebuild after tragic events, including helping after Hurricane Katrina. A Soldier’s Journey home was created 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 soldiers and their families who sacrifice so much for all of us here at home. We salute you.