When R & M Service Experts General Manager Stephen Arvan was approached to install an HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system free of charge for a marine who lost both his legs while serving 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 gave Cody burns on his arms and hands, broken bones in his right hand, a pulmonary embolism, and a broken tailbone. It also took both his legs. After 11 months of inpatient and outpatient treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Cody came 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 collaboration of over 400 sub-contractors and 80 visiting volunteers, including NYC firefighters who were at the World Trade Center on 9/11, the organization A Soldier’s Journey Home was able to construct Cody a disabled-accessible home.
According to the organization, A Soldier’s Journey Home is the outcome and passion of a group of people who will always remember September 11, 2001, but most importantly, will always remember what we as a nation felt like on September 12, 2001.
That awful day that will always 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 men and women have deployed 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 several 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. Many 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 soldiers returning home.
Norrell 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.