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 marine who lost both his legs while deployed to 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 on his hands and arms, broken bones in one of his hands, a pulmonary embolism, and a fractured tailbone. It also took both his legs. After 11 months of inpatient and outpatient treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Cody returned home to Tennessee and retired from the Marine Corps at the start of 2013.
Though he’s been living in Tennessee for more than three years, this May Cody is getting a another kind of homecoming. With the help of over 400 sub-contractors and 80 traveling volunteers, including New York Fire Department firefighters who were at the Twin Towers 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 outcome and passion of a group of people who will forever remember September 11, 2001, but most importantly, will always remember what we as a nation felt like on September 12, 2001.
That awful day that will never be forgotten prompted a new age that resulted in many of our nation’s men and women being deployed. A Soldier’s Journey Home wants to give their support and ensure these men and women and their families know that their sacrifice does not go unnoticed.
“These men and women have deployed 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 an incredible organization and has been working with A Soldier’s Journey Home for several months. He is now the project coordinator for the organization.
“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 devastating events, including helping after Hurricane Katrina. A Soldier’s Journey home was created in 2015 to focus on our men and women returning home.
Golden Seal Service Experts is honored 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.