When R & M Service Experts General Manager Stephen Arvan was asked to provide a free HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) system installation for a serviceman who lost both his legs while sweeping for IEDs 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 caused burns on his arms and hands, broken bones in his right hand, 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 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 New York Fire Department firefighters who were at the World Trade Center 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 result and passion of a circle of people who will always remember September 11, 2001, but most importantly, will always remember what we as a nation felt like on September 12, 2001.
That awful day that will never be forgotten spurred a new age that resulted in many of our nation’s men and women being deployed. A Soldier’s Journey Home wants to give their support and make it known to these men and women and their families know that their sacrifice does not go unnoticed.
“These men and women have deployed to fight overseas for us and our freedom, so this is a way we can show our gratitude,” said Stephen. Stephen was proud to be a part of such a wonderful 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 non-profit.
“This was our first home build as our own non-profit group,” said Stephen. Several 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 set-up in 2015 to focus on our men and women returning home.
Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air, A Service Experts Company 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.