Congressman Chuck Fleischmann spoke recently in honor of United States Marine Corps Lance Corporal Cody Evans of Speedwell, TN on the House floor. Rep. Fleischmann also submitted a poem from Albert Caswell, a Capitol tour guide, who met Cpl. Evans while he was taking a Capitol tour with Rep. Fleischmann.
“I rise today to honor an outstanding young man from my district who I have had the pleasure of getting to know recently. Lance Corporal Cody Evans of Speedwell, Tennessee, serves in the United States Marine Corps as a Combat Engineer, one of the most dangerous jobs in the military. While serving in Afghanistan Lance Corporal Evans stepped on a pressure plate while sweeping for IEDs, nearly losing his life. He lost both of his legs and suffered numerous other injuries.
“I met Lance Corporal Evans in January of this year in a visit to Walter Reed. To say that I was impressed by this young man’s spirit and resilience would be an understatement. Cody has the spirit of a fighter; a spirit that has led to his continued recovery. No mention of Cody would be complete without mentioning his mother Regina, who has been with him constantly. Her dedication to her son is incredible.
“As a nation, we must recognize those who serve, who have the character and commitment to risk their lives so that we may sleep peacefully at home. Cody Evans deserves this recognition, which is why it is my honor to ask that this poem penned by Albert Caswell be placed into the Congressional Record.
“I yield back.”
A benefit auction is being held tomorrow night to help with Cody's numerous expenses. Doors will open at 6 p.m. at the old Powell Valley High School, with the auction starting at 7 p.m. Jim McMurray of United County Stone Realty will be conducting the auction.