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 soldier who lost both his legs while deployed to Afghanistan, there was only one response: Absolutely.
At only 27 years old, Cody Evans was injured by an IED explosion while on patrol in Afghanistan. The explosion gave Cody burns from his hands to his arms, broken bones in one of his hands, a pulmonary embolism, and a broken coccyx. The explosion also took both his legs. After nearly a year of inpatient and outpatient treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Cody returned home to Tennessee and retired from the Marine Corps at the beginning of 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 out of town volunteers, including New York Fire Department firefighters who were at Ground Zero on 9/11, the organization A Soldier’s Journey Home was able to build Cody a disabled-accessible home.
According to their website, A Soldier’s Journey Home is the outcome and passion of a mass of people who will never forget September 11, 2001, but most importantly, have not forgotten what we as a nation felt like on September 12, 2001.
That horrible 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 men and women have gone to fight overseas for us and our freedom, so this is the least we can do to 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 many months. He has now become the project coordinator for the organization.
“This was our first home build as our own non-profit group,” said Stephen. Several of the volunteers and the board members had been working with other organizations that help to rebuild after tragic events, including helping after Hurricane Katrina. A Soldier’s Journey home was established 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 men and women who serve and their families who sacrifice so much for all of us here at home. We salute you.