When R & M Service Experts General Manager Stephen Arvan was invited 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 thing to say: Absolutely.
Cody Evans was only 27 when he 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 incident also took both his legs. After almost an entire 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 contribution of over 400 sub-contractors and 80 visiting volunteers, including FDNY firefighters who responded to Ground Zero 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 product and passion of a mass of people who will forever remember September 11, 2001, but most importantly, still remember 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 offer support and ensure these servicemen and servicewomen and their families know that their sacrifice does not go unnoticed.
“These guys 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 proud to be a part of such an amazing organization and has been working with A Soldier’s Journey Home for the past several months. He is excited to now be the project coordinator for the group.
“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 tragedy, including helping after Hurricane Katrina. A Soldier’s Journey home was created in 2015 to focus on our servicemen and servicewomen returning home.
Strogen's 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.