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 answer: Absolutely.
Cody Evans was only 27 when he was injured by an IED explosion while on patrol in Afghanistan. The explosion caused burns on his arms and hands, broken bones in his right hand, a pulmonary embolism, and a fractured tailbone. 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 In January 2013.
Even though Cody has been in Tennessee for more than three years now, in May Cody got a totally different kind of homecoming. With the contribution of over 400 sub-contractors and 80 out of town volunteers, including NYC firefighters who responded to Ground Zero on 9/11, the organization A Soldier’s Journey Home was able to build Cody a disabled-accessible home.
According to the non-profit’s site, A Soldier’s Journey Home is the result and passion of a group 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 tragic day that will never be forgotten spurred a new age that resulted in many of our nation’s men and women being sent overseas. A Soldier’s Journey Home wants to give their support and make sure these soldiers and their families know that their sacrifice does not go unnoticed.
“These men and women have gone to fight overseas for us and our freedom, so this is a way we can show how thankful we are for their service,” 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 the past several 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 assisting 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 our servicemen and servicewomen returning home.
Eveready Service Experts 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.