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 asked to install an HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system free of charge for a marine who lost both his legs while sweeping for IEDs 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 caused burns on his arms and hands, broken bones in one of his hands, a pulmonary embolism, and a fractured coccyx. It 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 In January 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 contribution of over 400 sub-contractors and 80 traveling volunteers, including FDNY firefighters who responded to the World Trade Center 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 result and passion of a mass of people who will forever remember September 11, 2001, but most importantly, still remember what we as a nation felt like on September 12, 2001. That devastating day that will never be forgotten prompted 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 make it known to 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 a way we can show how thankful we are for their service,” said Stephen. Stephen was proud to be a part of such an amazing 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 organization. “This was our first home build as our own non-profit group,” said Stephen. A vast amount 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 formed in 2015 to focus on soldiers returning home. Hammond Plumbing & Heating 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.