When R & M Service Experts General Manager Stephen Arvan was invited to provide a complimentary HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) equipment installation for a serviceman who lost both his legs while sweeping for IEDs in Afghanistan, there was only one response: Absolutely.
At only 27 years old, Cody Evans was injured by an IED explosion while on patrol in Afghanistan. The explosion gave Cody burns from his hands to his arms, broken bones in his hand, 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 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 NYC firefighters who were first responders at the Twin Towers 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 outcome and passion of a mass 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 horrible day that will always be remembered spurred a new age that resulted in many of our nation’s men and women being sent overseas. A Soldier’s Journey Home wants to show their support and make it known to these soldiers and their families know that their sacrifice does not go unnoticed.
“These men and women have left to fight overseas for us and our freedom, so this is a way we can show our gratitude,” said Stephen. Stephen was humbled to be a part of such an incredible organization and has been working with A Soldier’s Journey Home for several months. He is now the project coordinator for the organization.
“This was our first home build as our own non-profit group,” said Stephen. Many of the volunteers and the board members had been working with other organizations that help to rebuild after tragedy, including helping after Hurricane Katrina. A Soldier’s Journey home was created in 2015 to focus on our men and women returning home.
D.A. Bennett 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.