When R & M Service Experts General Manager Stephen Arvan was invited to install an HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system free of charge for a marine who lost both his legs while serving in 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 gave Cody burns on his hands and arms, broken bones in one of his hands, 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 In January 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 collaboration of over 400 sub-contractors and 80 out of town volunteers, including FDNY firefighters who were first responders 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 the organization, A Soldier’s Journey Home is the outcome and passion of a group of people who will forever remember September 11, 2001, but most importantly, will always remember what we as a nation felt like on September 12, 2001.
That tragic day that will never be forgotten 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 offer support and ensure these soldiers and their families know that their sacrifice does not go unnoticed.
“These soldiers have deployed 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 the past several months. He is now the project coordinator for the organization.
“This was our first home build as our own non-profit group,” said Stephen. Many of the volunteers and the board members had been aiding other organizations that help to rebuild after devastating events, including helping after Hurricane Katrina. A Soldier’s Journey home was established in 2015 to focus on our servicemen and servicewomen returning home.
R & M Climate Control 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.