When R & M Service Experts General Manager Stephen Arvan was asked 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 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 from his hands to his arms, broken bones in his right hand, a pulmonary embolism, and a fractured tailbone. The incident also took both his legs. After almost an entire 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.
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 help of over 400 sub-contractors and 80 traveling volunteers, including FDNY firefighters who were at Ground Zero on 9/11, the organization A Soldier’s Journey Home was able to construct Cody a disabled-accessible home.
According to the organization, 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 horrible day that will forever be remembered propelled a new age that resulted in many of our nation’s men and women being sent overseas. A Soldier’s Journey Home wants to offer support and make it known to these soldiers and their families know that their sacrifice does not go unnoticed.
“These guys have gone 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 proud 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 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 working with other organizations that help to rebuild after devastating events, including helping after Hurricane Katrina. A Soldier’s Journey home was set-up in 2015 to focus on soldiers returning home.
Fras-Air/General 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.