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 marine who lost both his legs while sweeping for IEDs in 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 caused burns on his arms and hands, broken bones in his hand, a pulmonary embolism, and a fractured coccyx. It also took both his legs. After nearly a year of inpatient and outpatient treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Cody returned home to Tennessee and retired from the Marine Corps In January 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 assistance of over 400 sub-contractors and 80 visiting volunteers, including New York Fire Department firefighters who responded to Ground Zero on 9/11, the organization A Soldier’s Journey Home was able to construct Cody a disabled-accessible home.
According to their website, 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 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 give their support and make it known to these servicemen and servicewomen 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 a way we can show our gratitude,” 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 several months. He is now the project coordinator for the group.
“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 assisting 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 servicemen and servicewomen returning home.
McKinley Heating Service Experts would like 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.