When R & M Service Experts General Manager Stephen Arvan was invited 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 response: Absolutely.
Cody Evans was only 27 years old when he was on patrol in Afghanistan and injured by an IED explosion. The explosion caused burns from his hands to his arms, broken bones in his hand, a pulmonary embolism, and a fractured tailbone. The incident 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 at the beginning 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 participation of over 400 sub-contractors and 80 traveling volunteers, including New York Fire Department 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 always remember September 11, 2001, but most importantly, have not forgotten what we as a nation felt like on September 12, 2001.
That devastating day that will forever be remembered spurred a new age that resulted in many of our nation’s men and women being deployed. 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 guys have deployed to fight overseas for us and our freedom, so this is something we can do to show support for them,” 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 many months. He is excited to now be the project coordinator for the non-profit.
“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 created in 2015 to focus on our men and women returning home.
Epperson 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.