When R & M Service Experts General Manager Stephen Arvan was approached 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 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 resulted in burns on his arms and hands, broken bones in one of his hands, a pulmonary embolism, and a fractured tailbone. The incident also took both his legs. After nearly a 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 start 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 collaboration of over 400 sub-contractors and 80 out of town volunteers, including NYC firefighters who were at Ground Zero on 9/11, the organization A Soldier’s Journey Home was able to build Cody a disabled-accessible home.
According to the non-profit’s site, A Soldier’s Journey Home is the outcome and passion of a group of people who will never forget September 11, 2001, but most importantly, still remember what we as a nation felt like on September 12, 2001.
That devastating day that will never be forgotten 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 ensure these soldiers and their families know that their sacrifice does not go unnoticed.
“These guys 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 honored to be a part of such an amazing organization and has been working with A Soldier’s Journey Home for several months. He has now become 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 formed in 2015 to focus on soldiers returning home.
Levy & Son 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.