When R & M Service Experts General Manager Stephen Arvan was invited to provide a free HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) system installation for a serviceman who lost both his legs while sweeping for IEDs 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 coccyx. The incident also took both his legs. After 11 months 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.
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 contribution of over 400 sub-contractors and 80 visiting 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 non-profit’s site, A Soldier’s Journey Home is the outcome and passion of a mass of people who will always remember September 11, 2001, but most importantly, will always remember what we as a nation felt like on September 12, 2001.
That devastating day that will forever be remembered propelled a new age that resulted in many of our nation’s men and women being sent overseas. 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 men and women have left to fight overseas for us and our freedom, so this is a way we can show how thankful we are for their service,” 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 many months. He has now become the project coordinator for the group.
“This was our first home build as our own non-profit group,” said Stephen. Many of the volunteers and the board members had been assisting 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 our servicemen and servicewomen returning home.
Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning would like 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.