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 sweeping for IEDs in 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 resulted in burns on his arms and hands, broken bones in one of his hands, a pulmonary embolism, and a fractured tailbone. The explosion also took both his legs. After 11 months of inpatient and outpatient treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Cody came home to Tennessee and retired from the Marine Corps at the start 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 help of over 400 sub-contractors and 80 traveling volunteers, including FDNY firefighters who were first responders at Ground Zero on 9/11, the organization A Soldier’s Journey Home was able to build Cody a disabled-accessible home.
According to the organization, A Soldier’s Journey Home is the result and passion of a group 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 forever be remembered prompted a new age that resulted in many of our nation’s men and women being sent overseas. A Soldier’s Journey Home wants to show their support and ensure these soldiers and their families know that their sacrifice does not go unnoticed.
“These men and women have left to fight overseas for us and our freedom, so this is something we can do to show our gratitude,” 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. Many of the volunteers and the board members had been working with other organizations that help to rebuild after devastating events, including helping after Hurricane Katrina. A Soldier’s Journey home was formed in 2015 to focus on our servicemen and servicewomen returning home.
Teays Valley Service Experts would like 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.