SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Amber Robinson is a decorated army combat veteran who enlisted following Sept. 11. She served a decade as a photojournalist on three deployments in the Kunar Province, one of the most dangerous regions in Afghanistan.
"I was in the country when special forces went in for Osama bin Laden, watching as they took him out," Robinson said.
The deployments took a toll in 2013 when she watched four young soldiers being laid to rest.
"I remember watching these kids and didn't want to hear anymore that they didn't make it home," said Robinson.
She is now a disabled vet with an autoimmune disease and PTSD. She helped create the non-profit American History Theater, which fights for veteran's rights and raises awareness about veterans' issues, like PTSD.
She says that having the freedom to vote has never meant more.
"I feel like it is more important than ever been people are anticipating this and are really excited to vote," Robinson said. "Be an American, that's what beautiful. We are in a democracy and you could use your voice and inspire someone else to vote and fight for what you believe in."
She doesn't have to search far for her inspiration to vote.
"I vote as a veteran thinking about my brothers and sisters who didn't make it home," says Robinson.