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 answer: Absolutely.
At only 27 years old, Cody Evans was injured by an IED explosion while on patrol in Afghanistan. The explosion resulted in burns on his hands and arms, broken bones in one of his hands, a pulmonary embolism, and a broken coccyx. 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 In January 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 contribution of over 400 sub-contractors and 80 out of town 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 build Cody a disabled-accessible home.
According to the organization, A Soldier’s Journey Home is the product and passion of a group of people who will never forget 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 always 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 servicemen and servicewomen and their families know that their sacrifice does not go unnoticed.
“These soldiers have gone to fight overseas for us and our freedom, so this is a way we can show how thankful we are for their service,” 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 the past 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. 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 established in 2015 to focus on our servicemen and servicewomen returning home.
Strand Brothers 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.