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 marine who lost both his legs while serving in Afghanistan, there was only one response: Absolutely.
Cody Evans was only 27 when he was injured by an IED explosion while on patrol in Afghanistan. The explosion caused burns on his hands and arms, broken bones in his hand, a pulmonary embolism, and a broken tailbone. The incident also took both his legs. After nearly a year 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 assistance of over 400 sub-contractors and 80 visiting volunteers, including NYC firefighters who were first responders at Ground Zero on 9/11, the organization A Soldier’s Journey Home was able to construct Cody a disabled-accessible home.
According to the non-profit’s site, A Soldier’s Journey Home is the product and passion of a mass of people who will forever 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 propelled a new age that resulted in many of our nation’s men and women being deployed. A Soldier’s Journey Home wants to give their support and make sure these soldiers and their families know that their sacrifice does not go unnoticed.
“These guys have left 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 incredible 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 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 helping with 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.
Rolf Griffin Service Experts would like 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.