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 marine who lost both his legs while deployed to Afghanistan, there was only one response: Absolutely.
Cody Evans was only 27 years old when he was on patrol in Afghanistan and injured by an IED explosion. The explosion caused burns on his arms and hands, broken bones in his right hand, a pulmonary embolism, and a broken tailbone. 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 went home to Tennessee and retired from the Marine Corps In January 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 traveling volunteers, including NYC firefighters who were at the World Trade Center on 9/11, the organization A Soldier’s Journey Home was able to give Cody a disabled-accessible home.
According to their website, A Soldier’s Journey Home is the outcome and passion of a mass 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 forever be remembered propelled a new age that resulted in many of our nation’s men and women being sent overseas. A Soldier’s Journey Home wants to offer support and ensure these servicemen and servicewomen and their families know that their sacrifice does not go unnoticed.
“These soldiers 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 honored to be a part of such an incredible organization and has been working with A Soldier’s Journey Home for many 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 assisting 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 our servicemen and servicewomen returning home.
Komfort Air is honored 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.