When R & M Service Experts General Manager Stephen Arvan was asked to provide a free HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) system installation for a soldier who lost both his legs while serving in Afghanistan, there was only one thing to say: Absolutely.
At only 27 years old, Cody Evans was injured by an IED explosion while on patrol in Afghanistan. The explosion caused burns on his hands and arms, broken bones in his right hand, a pulmonary embolism, and a fractured tailbone. It also took both his legs. After almost an entire 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 participation of over 400 sub-contractors and 80 traveling volunteers, including NYC firefighters who were first responders at Ground Zero 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 result and passion of a circle of people who will never forget September 11, 2001, but most importantly, will always remember what we as a nation felt like on September 12, 2001.
That tragic day that will never be forgotten prompted 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 soldiers 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 support for them,” 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 many months. He has now become 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 assisting other organizations that help to rebuild after tragic events, including helping after Hurricane Katrina. A Soldier’s Journey home was set-up in 2015 to focus on our men and women returning home.
Becht/Givens 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.