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 soldier who lost both his legs while sweeping for IEDs in Afghanistan, there was only one answer: Absolutely.
At only 27 years old, Cody Evans was injured by an IED explosion while on patrol in Afghanistan. The explosion gave Cody burns on his hands and arms, broken bones in one of his hands, a pulmonary embolism, and a fractured coccyx. It also took both his legs. After almost an entire 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 beginning 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 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 build Cody a disabled-accessible home.
According to the organization, A Soldier’s Journey Home is the result and passion of a circle 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 tragic day that will forever be remembered spurred a new age that resulted in many of our nation’s men and women being stationed overseas. A Soldier’s Journey Home wants to offer support and make sure 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 how thankful we are for their service,” said Stephen. Stephen was humbled 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 tragedy, including helping after Hurricane Katrina. A Soldier’s Journey home was formed in 2015 to focus on our servicemen and servicewomen returning home.
All American Air Service Experts is honored 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.