When R & M Service Experts General Manager Stephen Arvan was invited to install an HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system free of charge for a soldier who lost both his legs while sweeping for IEDs 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 caused burns from his hands to his arms, broken bones in his right hand, a pulmonary embolism, and a fractured coccyx. 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.
Although he’s been back in Tennessee for over three years, this month Cody is having a whole new homecoming. With the collaboration of over 400 sub-contractors and 80 traveling volunteers, including New York Fire Department firefighters who were at the Twin Towers 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 circle of people who will forever remember September 11, 2001, but most importantly, have not forgotten what we as a nation felt like on September 12, 2001.
That awful 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 ensure 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 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 group.
“This was our first home build as our own non-profit group,” said Stephen. Many 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 soldiers returning home.
Strand Brothers Service Experts 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.