When R & M Service Experts General Manager Stephen Arvan was approached to provide a complimentary HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) equipment installation for a serviceman who lost both his legs while serving in Afghanistan, there was only one answer: Absolutely.
At only 27 years old, Cody Evans was injured by an IED explosion while on patrol in Afghanistan. The explosion resulted in burns on his arms and hands, broken bones in his hand, a pulmonary embolism, and a broken tailbone. 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 went home to Tennessee and retired from the Marine Corps In January 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 assistance of over 400 sub-contractors and 80 traveling volunteers, including FDNY firefighters who were at the Twin Towers 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 product and passion of a group of people who will never forget September 11, 2001, but most importantly, still remember what we as a nation felt like on September 12, 2001.
That devastating day that will never be forgotten 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 make sure these soldiers and their families know that their sacrifice does not go unnoticed.
“These guys have deployed 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 incredible organization and has been working with A Soldier’s Journey Home for the past several months. He is excited to now be the project coordinator for the non-profit.
“This was our first home build as our own non-profit group,” said Stephen. Many 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 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.