May 15, 2019
Arman Vardanyan, who served in the April 2016 Four-Day War in Artsakh, joined AGBU Young Professionals of Los Angeles (YPLA) and partnering American University of Armenia (AUA) for a speaker series on Artsakh. Following a documentary that depicted the geopolitical history of the region, Arman shared with YPs his experiences as a wartime veteran. His vivid and eloquent descriptions of moments of his life leading to war and subsequent realizations following his military service left YPs in attendance in awe of his heroism, courage, and selflessness.
Assigned to operate defense tanks, Arman explained the challenges of being a tankist, in addition to, emotional and physical realities of military life. Evidently, his positive and full-of-life spirit aided his resiliency and powered him with grit. This was followed with a productive Q&A session, where Arman revealed that his personal journals also helped him cope with everyday hardships. Arman explained the power of words and the importance of self-expression when faced with trauma.
Arman is currently completing his Bachelor’s Degree in English & Communications at AUA and plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in Political Science & International Affairs. It is his goal to one day become a diplomat and help facilitate peace in the region. He also aims to help veterans throughout Armenia receive comprehensive care. His vision not only provides counseling, support groups, and mentoring, but also aims to de-stigmatize mental illness overall.
Lastly, all attendees participated in creating a mural to commemorate our fallen heroes.
Proceeds from this event were donated to the AGBU Fund for Artsakh and AUA’s Honoring Those Who Served: Investing in our Veterans Education.
To donate directly to these causes:
AGBU Fund for Artsakh: https://crm.agbu.org/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=12
AUA’s Honoring Those Who Served: Investing in our Veterans Education: https://veterans.aua.am/