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 serving in 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 caused burns on his hands and arms, broken bones in one of his hands, a pulmonary embolism, and a fractured coccyx. It also took both his legs. After nearly a year of inpatient and outpatient treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Cody went 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 contribution of over 400 sub-contractors and 80 traveling volunteers, including FDNY firefighters who were first responders at the Twin Towers 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 result and passion of a mass 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 terrible day that will never be forgotten prompted 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 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 something we can do to show how thankful we are for their service,” 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 many months. He is now the project coordinator for the non-profit.
“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 tragedy, 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 proud to welcome home Lance Corporal Cody Evans and we thank all of our servicemen and servicewomen and their families who sacrifice so much for all of us here at home. We salute you.