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 marine who lost both his legs while deployed to Afghanistan, there was only one answer: Absolutely.
Cody Evans was only 27 when he was injured by an IED explosion while on patrol in Afghanistan. The explosion caused burns on his arms and hands, broken bones in one of his hands, a pulmonary embolism, and a broken tailbone. 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 beginning 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 assistance of over 400 sub-contractors and 80 out of town 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 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 terrible day that will always 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 show their support and ensure these soldiers 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 support for them,” said Stephen. Stephen was proud to be a part of such an incredible organization and has been working with A Soldier’s Journey Home for several months. He is now 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 assisting other organizations that help to rebuild after tragedy, including helping after Hurricane Katrina. A Soldier’s Journey home was created in 2015 to focus on our men and women 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.