When R & M Service Experts General Manager Stephen Arvan was asked to install an HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system free of charge for a soldier who lost both his legs while sweeping for IEDs 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 resulted in burns on his hands and arms, 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 went 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 participation of over 400 sub-contractors and 80 traveling volunteers, including NYC firefighters who responded to 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 their website, A Soldier’s Journey Home is the product and passion of a circle 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 forever be remembered 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 make it known to these men and women and their families know that their sacrifice does not go unnoticed.
“These guys have deployed 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 amazing organization and has been working with A Soldier’s Journey Home for the past several months. He is now the project coordinator for the group.
“This was our first home build as our own non-profit group,” said Stephen. A vast amount of the volunteers and the board members had been helping with other organizations that help to rebuild after devastating events, including helping after Hurricane Katrina. A Soldier’s Journey home was created in 2015 to focus on soldiers returning home.
TML Service Experts is proud 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.