When R & M Service Experts General Manager Stephen Arvan was approached to provide a free HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) system installation for a serviceman who lost both his legs while serving 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 gave Cody burns from his hands to his arms, broken bones in his hand, a pulmonary embolism, and a fractured coccyx. The explosion also took both his legs. After almost an entire year of inpatient and outpatient treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Cody came 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 assistance of over 400 sub-contractors and 80 traveling volunteers, including NYC firefighters who were first responders at the World Trade Center 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 result and passion of a mass 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 tragic day that will never be forgotten 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 give their support and ensure these soldiers 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 our gratitude,” 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 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. Several of the volunteers and the board members had been aiding other organizations that help to rebuild after tragic events, including helping after Hurricane Katrina. A Soldier’s Journey home was set-up in 2015 to focus on our men and women returning home.
Barlow 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.