When R & M Service Experts General Manager Stephen Arvan was approached to provide a free HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) system installation for a marine who lost both his legs while deployed to 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 on his hands and arms, broken bones in his right hand, a pulmonary embolism, and a fractured coccyx. The explosion 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 at the beginning of 2013.
Although he’s been back in Tennessee for over three years, this month Cody is having a whole new homecoming. With the assistance of over 400 sub-contractors and 80 visiting volunteers, including FDNY firefighters who were first responders at the World Trade Center on 9/11, the organization A Soldier’s Journey Home was able to build Cody a disabled-accessible home.
According to their website, A Soldier’s Journey Home is the product and passion of a group of people who will always remember September 11, 2001, but most importantly, still remember what we as a nation felt like on September 12, 2001.
That horrible day that will forever be remembered prompted a new age that resulted in many of our nation’s men and women being sent overseas. A Soldier’s Journey Home wants to give their support and make sure these men and women 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 honored to be a part of such an amazing organization and has been working with A Soldier’s Journey Home for many months. He has now become the project coordinator for the non-profit.
“This was our first home build as our own non-profit group,” said Stephen. Several of the volunteers and the board members had been assisting other organizations that help to rebuild after tragedy, including helping after Hurricane Katrina. A Soldier’s Journey home was set-up in 2015 to focus on soldiers returning home.
Broad Ripple 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.