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 marine who lost both his legs while deployed to 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 arms and hands, broken bones in one of his hands, a pulmonary embolism, and a broken coccyx. The explosion also took both his legs. After 11 months of inpatient and outpatient treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Cody returned 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 contribution of over 400 sub-contractors and 80 out of town volunteers, including NYC 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 their website, A Soldier’s Journey Home is the outcome and passion of a mass of people who will never forget September 11, 2001, but most importantly, have not forgotten what we as a nation felt like on September 12, 2001.
That devastating day that will never be forgotten propelled 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 make it known to these servicemen and servicewomen and their families know that their sacrifice does not go unnoticed.
“These soldiers have left 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 a wonderful organization and has been working with A Soldier’s Journey Home for many months. He is now the project coordinator for the organization.
“This was our first home build as our own non-profit group,” said Stephen. Several of the volunteers and the board members had been assisting other organizations that help to rebuild after tragic events, including helping after Hurricane Katrina. A Soldier’s Journey home was established in 2015 to focus on our servicemen and servicewomen returning home.
Wesley Wood Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is honored 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.