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 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 explosion also took both his legs. After nearly a year 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 beginning of 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 help of over 400 sub-contractors and 80 visiting volunteers, including New York Fire Department firefighters who were first responders 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 result and passion of a group of people who will forever remember September 11, 2001, but most importantly, still remember what we as a nation felt like on September 12, 2001.
That tragic day that will always be remembered prompted a new age that resulted in many of our nation’s men and women being stationed overseas. A Soldier’s Journey Home wants to give their support and make it known to these men and women and their families know that their sacrifice does not go unnoticed.
“These soldiers have deployed to fight overseas for us and our freedom, so this is the least we can do to show our gratitude,” said Stephen. Stephen was humbled to be a part of such a wonderful organization and has been working with A Soldier’s Journey Home for the past several months. He is excited to now be 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 working with other organizations that help to rebuild after devastating events, including helping after Hurricane Katrina. A Soldier’s Journey home was established in 2015 to focus on our servicemen and servicewomen returning home.
Midland Air 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.