NEW YORK — The unexpected Azeri attack on Artsakh in April 2016 that claimed the lives of about 100 soldiers and many civilians in Artsakh shocked not only those in Armenia and Artsakh, but many around the world.
This surprise attack led to the founding of the Armenian Wounded Heroes Fund (AWHF), which seeks to bring military-grade first aid kits to soldiers serving on strategic regions on the border.
In an interview on Monday, July 24, one of the group’s founders, Razmig Arzoumanian of New Jersey, said that the organization has already sent 7,500 kits, which range in price from $30 to $1,300, helping medics on the scene to perform everything from simple procedures to complicated, hospital-grade operations right on the field, to minimize loss of blood and increase chances of survival.
According to the group’s website, the kits are the same ones used by the US Army in combat zones.
The kits are purchased by the group pre-packaged by a US distributor. Each medic who uses a kit receives a three-month training session in Yerevan in order to optimally help fellow soldiers. The training is followed up by regular refreshers.
The Artsakh Ministry of Defense, he said, is thrilled with the project. They choose soldiers who have a knack for or desire to learn about medical work.