When R & M Service Experts General Manager Stephen Arvan was invited to install an HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system free of charge for a soldier who lost both his legs while serving 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 arms and hands, broken bones in one of his hands, 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 went home to Tennessee and retired from the Marine Corps at the start of 2013.
Although he’s been back in Tennessee for over three years, this month Cody is having a whole new homecoming. With the collaboration of over 400 sub-contractors and 80 visiting volunteers, including FDNY 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 their website, A Soldier’s Journey Home is the outcome and passion of a circle of people who will always remember September 11, 2001, but most importantly, have not forgotten what we as a nation felt like on September 12, 2001.
That terrible 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 show their support and ensure these men and women and their families know that their sacrifice does not go unnoticed.
“These soldiers have deployed to fight overseas for us and our freedom, so this is the least we can do to show how thankful we are for their service,” said Stephen. Stephen was humbled to be a part of such a wonderful organization and has been working with A Soldier’s Journey Home for 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. Many 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 our men and women returning home.
Mountainwest Service Experts is proud 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.