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 when he was injured by an IED explosion while on patrol in Afghanistan. The explosion resulted in burns on his hands and arms, broken bones in his hand, a pulmonary embolism, and a fractured tailbone. 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 at the start 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 visiting volunteers, including FDNY firefighters who responded to the Twin Towers on 9/11, the organization A Soldier’s Journey Home was able to build Cody a disabled-accessible home.
According to their website, A Soldier’s Journey Home is the result and passion of a circle 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 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 show their support and make it known to 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 a way we can show how thankful we are for their service,” said Stephen. Stephen was proud 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. A vast amount of the volunteers and the board members had been helping with 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 men and women returning home.
Stark Services is proud 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.