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 soldier who lost both his legs while deployed to Afghanistan, there was only one answer: Absolutely.
Cody Evans was only 27 years old when he was on patrol in Afghanistan and injured by an IED explosion. The explosion resulted in burns on his arms and hands, broken bones in his right hand, a pulmonary embolism, and a broken coccyx. It 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 participation of over 400 sub-contractors and 80 out of town volunteers, including FDNY firefighters who responded to Ground Zero on 9/11, the organization A Soldier’s Journey Home was able to construct Cody a disabled-accessible home.
According to the organization, A Soldier’s Journey Home is the product and passion of a circle 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 horrible day that will never be forgotten spurred 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 it known to these men and women 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 humbled 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 non-profit.
“This was our first home build as our own non-profit group,” said Stephen. Several of the volunteers and the board members had been helping with other organizations that help to rebuild after tragic events, including helping after Hurricane Katrina. A Soldier’s Journey home was created in 2015 to focus on our men and women returning home.
A-PLUS Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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.