Defining Forces Helps Double Amputee Veteran Realize His Dream

Lance Corporal Cody EvansKeith Alsabrook, Rodney Goodlett, and John DrakeTimothy HarrodExit 2 Outbound Band

Helping a fellow veteran with devastating injuries build a home was the goal of the motorcycle fundraising ride that happened this past Tuesday night.  Organized by the local Defining Forces Veteran’s Club, the fundraiser went to helping a native Kentucky Marine, who had to have both legs amputated after an injury in Afghanistan, build and furnish a house in Tennessee.

Lance Corporal Cody Evans served in Afghanistan starting in July until his injury in December when he stepped on an IED.  Having to remove both legs, Cody spent 11 months at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.  He then was allowed to go home and has been living with his mother, Regina, but always dreamed of owning his own home adapted to his needs.

Hearing of his story, Defining Forces teamed up with A Soldier’s Journey Home, which builds a house a year for injured veterans, to help make this a reality.  Defining Forces members donated $5,000 to the cause and decided to do another fundraiser to help pay for furniture for Cody’s new home.

They originally planned a fundraising motorcycle ride on Saturday morning at Hill of Beans BBQ off of US127.  Unfortunately, rain would cancel the event, but it was rescheduled for Tuesday evening.  According to members of Defining Forces, they were able to raise $700 on Saturday despite the rain and were hoping for an even larger turnout on Tuesday. “Cody has stolen our hearts,” they said.

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