R & M Service Experts Proud to Support Soldier's Journey Home

June 02, 2016

When R & M Service Experts General Manager Stephen Arvan was asked to install an HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system free of charge for a serviceman who lost both his legs while deployed to 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 fractured coccyx. The explosion also took both his legs. After 11 months of inpatient and outpatient treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Cody went home to Tennessee and retired from the Marine Corps at the start of 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 visiting volunteers, including New York Fire Department firefighters who were 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 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 tragic day that will always be remembered spurred 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 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 the past several months. He is now 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 helping with 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.

Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning would like to welcome home Lance Corporal Cody Evans and we thank all of our men and women who serve and their families who sacrifice so much for all of us here at home. We salute you.

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