When R & M Service Experts General Manager Stephen Arvan was asked to install an HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system free of charge for a serviceman who lost both his legs while deployed to 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 gave Cody burns on his arms and hands, broken bones in his right hand, a pulmonary embolism, and a fractured coccyx. The explosion 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 In January 2013.
Although he’s been back in Tennessee for over three years, this month Cody is having a whole new homecoming. With the collaboration of over 400 sub-contractors and 80 visiting volunteers, including FDNY firefighters who were first responders 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 outcome and passion of a circle of people who will forever remember September 11, 2001, but most importantly, have not forgotten what we as a nation felt like on September 12, 2001.
That devastating day that will forever be remembered 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 servicemen and servicewomen 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 something we can do to show our gratitude,” 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 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. A vast amount of the volunteers and the board members had been assisting other organizations that help to rebuild after tragedy, 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 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.