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 serving in Afghanistan, there was only one thing to say: 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 his hand, a pulmonary embolism, and a fractured 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 start of 2013.
Although he’s been back in Tennessee for over three years, this month Cody is having a whole new homecoming. With the assistance of over 400 sub-contractors and 80 out of town volunteers, including FDNY firefighters who responded to the Twin Towers on 9/11, the organization A Soldier’s Journey Home was able to construct Cody a disabled-accessible home.
According to the non-profit’s site, A Soldier’s Journey Home is the outcome and passion of a mass 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 propelled a new age that resulted in many of our nation’s men and women being stationed overseas. A Soldier’s Journey Home wants to show their support and make it known to these servicemen and servicewomen 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 something we can do to show support for them,” said Stephen. Stephen was proud to be a part of such an incredible organization and has been working with A Soldier’s Journey Home for 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 working with 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.
BW/Cook Service Experts is proud to welcome home Lance Corporal Cody Evans and we thank all of our soldiers and their families who sacrifice so much for all of us here at home. We salute you.