When R & M Service Experts General Manager Stephen Arvan was asked to provide a complimentary HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) equipment installation for a serviceman 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 on his hands and arms, broken bones in his hand, a pulmonary embolism, and a broken coccyx. The incident 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.
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 out of town volunteers, including NYC firefighters who were 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 their website, A Soldier’s Journey Home is the product and passion of a group of people who will forever remember September 11, 2001, but most importantly, have not forgotten what we as a nation felt like on September 12, 2001.
That awful day that will always be remembered prompted a new age that resulted in many of our nation’s men and women being stationed overseas. A Soldier’s Journey Home wants to give their support and make it known to these soldiers 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 how thankful we are for their service,” 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 is excited to now be 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 assisting other organizations that help to rebuild after tragedy, including helping after Hurricane Katrina. A Soldier’s Journey home was created in 2015 to focus on soldiers returning home.
Falso Service Experts would like 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.