R & M Service Experts is Proud to Support A Soldier's Journey Home Published on June 02, 2016 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 soldier who lost both his legs while serving in Afghanistan, there was only one answer: Absolutely. At only 27 years old, Cody Evans was injured by an IED explosion while on patrol in Afghanistan. The explosion gave Cody burns from his hands to his arms, broken bones in his right hand, a pulmonary embolism, and a fractured 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 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 help of over 400 sub-contractors and 80 visiting volunteers, including New York Fire Department firefighters who were first responders at the Twin Towers on 9/11, the organization A Soldier’s Journey Home was able to give Cody a disabled-accessible home. According to the organization, A Soldier’s Journey Home is the result and passion of a circle of people who will never forget September 11, 2001, but most importantly, still remember what we as a nation felt like on September 12, 2001. That devastating day that will forever be remembered propelled a new age that resulted in many of our nation’s men and women being stationed overseas. A Soldier’s Journey Home wants to offer support and make sure these men and women and their families know that their sacrifice does not go unnoticed. “These guys 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 a wonderful organization and has been working with A Soldier’s Journey Home for several months. He is now 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 assisting other organizations that help to rebuild after devastating events, including helping after Hurricane Katrina. A Soldier’s Journey home was formed 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.