Coming Home To Tennessee

Coming Home To Tennessee

PrintA Soldier’s Journey Home (ASJH) is a group of volunteers primarily comprised of current and retired firefighters and retired veterans from over fourteen states. Over the past thirteen years, they have worked on a variety of disaster relief construction projects and now focus their charitable efforts toward severely injured veterans.

LCpl Cody Evans’ story:  “In May 2011, my unit was activated and trained for deployment to Afghanistan. In July, we deployed and were scheduled to return stateside in February 2012. On December 15, 2011, while on patrol and sweeping for IED’s, I was injured by an exploding IED. At that time, both legs were amputated, one at the knee and one above the knee. I had broken bones in my right hand and had to have pins placed in it to help it heal. I also had burns on both hands and arms, a pulmonary embolism and a broken coccyx.”

After spending a little over 11 months at Walter Reed, Cody was able to come home in November 2012 and formally retire from the Marine Corps in January 2013.

Screen Shot 2016-05-02 at 10.46.38 AMIn the spring of 2013, he was accepted at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, with plans of becoming a history teacher. Cody started college in the fall semester of 2013 and looks forward to graduation and beginning a new life.   

In July 2013, he received a service dog Sir William, aka Willie, from Smoky Mountain Service Dogs. “He is my trusted and constant companion. Having him at my side gives me comfort that’s hard to put into words” Cody told us.

TLD Logistics has the honor to be a part of this mission.  On May 5th a TLD truck will arrive in Chicago to pick up pre-built walls for a home to be built in Speedwell, TN. for LCpl Cody Evans. It is with great pride that TLD continues to help America’s disabled Veteran’s in the hopes that we can give back just a part of what they have done for us.