When R & M Service Experts General Manager Stephen Arvan was approached to install an HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system free of charge for a marine who lost both his legs while deployed to Afghanistan, there was only one thing to say: Absolutely.
At only 27 years old, Cody Evans was injured by an IED explosion while on patrol in Afghanistan. The explosion caused burns on his arms and hands, broken bones in his right hand, a pulmonary embolism, and a broken tailbone. The incident also took both his legs. After nearly a 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.
Although he’s been back in Tennessee for over three years, this month Cody is having a whole new homecoming. With the participation 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 give Cody a disabled-accessible home.
According to the non-profit’s site, A Soldier’s Journey Home is the product and passion of a circle of people who will always 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 always be remembered spurred a new age that resulted in many of our nation’s men and women being sent overseas. A Soldier’s Journey Home wants to show their support and ensure these servicemen and servicewomen and their families know that their sacrifice does not go unnoticed.
“These soldiers have gone to fight overseas for us and our freedom, so this is a way we can show support for them,” 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 the past several months. He is now the project coordinator for the organization.
“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 helping with other organizations that help to rebuild after devastating events, including helping after Hurricane Katrina. A Soldier’s Journey home was set-up in 2015 to focus on soldiers 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.