When R & M Service Experts General Manager Stephen Arvan was approached to provide a complimentary HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) equipment installation for a soldier who lost both his legs while deployed to 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 one of his hands, a pulmonary embolism, and a broken tailbone. It also took both his legs. After nearly a year 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 beginning of 2013.
Although he’s been back in Tennessee for over three years, this month Cody is having a whole new homecoming. With the help of over 400 sub-contractors and 80 visiting volunteers, including NYC firefighters who were at Ground Zero on 9/11, the organization A Soldier’s Journey Home was able to give 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 forever remember September 11, 2001, but most importantly, still remember what we as a nation felt like on September 12, 2001.
That tragic day that will never be forgotten propelled 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 ensure these men and women 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 the least we can do to show our gratitude,” said Stephen. Stephen was honored to be a part of such an amazing organization and has been working with A Soldier’s Journey Home for many 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 aiding other organizations that help to rebuild after tragedy, including helping after Hurricane Katrina. A Soldier’s Journey home was set-up in 2015 to focus on soldiers returning home.
Donelson Air 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.