American Freedom Journal Authors

American Freedom Journal writers/contributors are not paid. Opinions and views of American Freedom Journal writers/contributors are not necessarily shared by American Freedom Journal.

Dr. Alicia Sigee, PhD serves as the Director of Student Services for West Orange-Cove Consolidated Independent School District and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Education, Lamar University. She holds degrees in Respiratory Care, Business Administration, Special Education and Educational Leadership. She holds the current Texas certifications: Special Education Teacher EC-12, Educational Diagnostician, Principal, and Superintendent. 

Dr. Sigee is an advocate for public education and participates in several civil organizations servicing communities in Jefferson County. 

Dr. Sigee is a decorated US Army Veteran.  She is married to Sergeant Major, USA (Retired) Thomas Sigee.  They share five amazing children. 


Kelleigh Nelson has been researching the Christian right and their connections to the left, the new age, and cults since 1975. Formerly an executive producer for three different national radio talk show hosts, she was adept at finding and scheduling a variety of wonderful guests for her radio hosts. She and her husband live in Knoxville, TN, and she has owned her own wholesale commercial bakery since 1990. Prior to moving to Tennessee, Kelleigh was marketing communications and advertising manager for a fortune 100 company in Ohio. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, she was a Goldwater girl with high school classmate, Hillary Rodham, in Park Ridge, Illinois. Kelleigh is well acquainted with Chicago politics and was working in downtown Chicago during the 1968 Democratic convention riots.


Charles D. Stokes, in Soldier lingo, is the real deal.  He is a decorated Special Forces Soldier who spent 7 years in Southeast Asia. He served on classified assignments in Vietnam, Thailand, and Laos. He is a graduate of the United States Institute for Military Assistance, Operations and Intelligence Course; US/Foreign Weapons Course; Static Line Jumpmaster Course; and Honor Graduate of the US Army Ranger School. He is also a graduate of the US State Department Laotian Language School. He taught Senior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps cadets at Seton Hall University; served as the Senior Operations, Security, and Intelligence NCO for the Military District of Washington, DC.  Following retirement from the Army, Charles was an Army Management Staff College Professor of Leadership, Management, and Decision Making.

Charles’ recently released novel of the Vietnam War, Soldier’s Reverie: Vietnam, masterfully tells the story of the Vietnam Era Veteran.


Steve Briscoe   in 2004 having retired after 23 years active service, I found myself in need of something to occupy my time for a year or two.  I opted for a short-term position with the Department of Defense.  As of 2019 I’m still in that short-term position.  My interest spans a wide spectrum of activities ranging from motorcycle enthusiast extraordinaire to personal defense to pretty much anything in-between; as well as writing narratives on the occasional random thought.  Living my entire adult life in uniform, or working with those in uniform, I have a unique perspective on things; a perspective that eludes most who have never served.  I see what is blasted across the news as “news-worthy” and what is subsequently ignored, and I must wonder why.  I believe what is portrayed as news is meant to serve an agenda and what is ignored is actually what makes America great and is contrary to the agenda.  “Make America Great Again” is a great tagline but I believe we have always been great (barring an assortment of historical events), but sadly the greatness of individuals is what is all too often ignored.  The “ignored” aspects of life and living is what drives me to write.

I live in Illinois with my lovely bride, patiently awaiting acceptable weather so I can hit the road less traveled on my iron horse.

Visit Steve’s Website. While there, it’ll be worth your time to read Steve’s and Margie’s blogs.

Steve’s account of his “iron horse” adventures and meditations are captured in his book, Solitary – Without the Confinement: A Rider’s Life-Changing Experience During the 2013 Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge.


Paul Schneidmill is a retired U.S. Army Infantryman and a retired U.S. Army Federal Government employee.  He is the original “Chaplain” of JD’s Bunker, the distant ancestor of American Journal.  You can see some of his previous wisdom here.  He holds a Master of Arts in Practical Theology and a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and Management.   He now spends his time enjoying his family and endeavoring to become a proficient Jazz Saxophonist – a dream from his youth!


Dee Armstrong built her portfolio by writing for Newsday and several other publications on the East End of Long Island, New York. She launched her full-time professional career as an employee of corporate America as a media specialist with Westinghouse Electric and did so for 14 years. Fate often throws hard workers into many unexpected situations. After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Congress reactively passed the Aviation and Transportation Security Act. The newly formed Transportation Security Administration (TSA) needed those who could hit the ground running. The early officials, called to duty by President G.W. Bush, needed a speechwriter, and one such official recruited Dee. As TSA’s 18th hire, she was grateful for an opportunity to serve her country since her husband had done so for 20 years in the military. Dee wrote speeches for two Under Secretaries and an Administrator until she concluded that TSA had become a political mouthpiece for Congress. She lasted six years in federal service, leaving after bureaucracy consumed the agency. As a contractor for the FBI, her experience with the federal government expanded, further tainting her view of federal service. She is now a budding author of a children’s book and thriller novel. She lives In Montana with her husband, continually pressing forward with her passion for writing.


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Shirley Edwards was born and lives in Great Britain. She has always worked in administration, but has also taught and studied complimentary health. In administrative roles, she has worked within The Church of England. She also worked for some years as a volunteer within the hospice movement. Shirley has an interest in all health issues, loves the British countryside, and enjoys writing. She is thankful for talk radio and loves listening. Shirley has always been concerned about the loss of freedoms in her country, and also the demise of America, a country she loves for the original reasons on which it was founded. She believes in the Pursuit of Genuine Happiness.


Joanna Martin (“PH”) is a retired litigation attorney and well-known writer and speaker on our US Constitution.  Before getting a law degree, she got a degree in philosophy where she specialized in political philosophy and epistemology.  She is a former Captain in the Army JAG Corps, and served in Berlin, Germany during the Cold War. 

Writing under the pen name of “Publius Huldah”, she uses The Federalist Papers to prove the genuine meaning of our Constitution; and shows how federal judges, politicians, and the American People have ignoredour Constitution for over a hundred years.  She shows how The People can, by learning and enforcing our Founding Principles and Constitution, restore our Constitutional Federal Republic. 

As you read what she has written about the Constitution our Framers gave us, you will understand why certain factions do all they can to prevent you from hearing her speak.  She tells the Truth – and proves it.  

Readers of The American Freedom Journal are invited to post their questions about our US Constitution in their comments to her articles posted here.

Her email is

J.W. Bryan was born in 1927 and spent five years in the Marines, from 1945 – 1951. He is a Lifetime member of the John Birch Society, having joined in 1961. He retired after 31 After with the International Paper Company.  Following retirement, he and his wife Polly worked from 1991 to 2008 as house parents at children’s homes in Virginia and Mississippi. They now reside in the country out of West Monroe, La. where he produces peaches, watermelons and vegetables. He has spent his life fighting to keep our Constitutional Republic.


JOAN SWIRSKY, the recipient of numerous Long Island Press Awards, wrote health, science and feature articles for The New York Times Long Island section for over 20 years, as well as for many regional and national publications. A former obstetrical nurse, Lamaze teacher, and psychotherapist, Joan is the book-and-lyric writer of four musicals, one of which, “Oh Baby!” – about three couples facing parenthood – was produced in New York City in 1983.

For eight years, starting in 1985, Joan was a science writer for The Women’s Record on Long Island, during which time she wrote over 175 articles on the issue of breast cancer on Long Island – its clinical, psychological, political, environmental, and social implications. She has been publicly acknowledged as being responsible for two redesigns of the New York State Study on breast cancer and as being the first journalist in America to put the breast cancer-environment relationship “on the map” of public consciousness.

Joan is a clinical nurse specialist (R.N., M.S., C.S., C.E.) and NY-State-certified psychotherapist. She was awarded a Nurse of Distinction Award by the New York State Legislature in 1991, received the Master’s Faculty Leadership Award from Adelphi University, and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society.

She was also the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of REVOLUTION -The Journal of Nurse Empowerment from 1990 to 1995. The national quarterly magazine received First Prize for Editorial Excellence from the prestigious national media Folio Awards in 1994 in NY City. In addition, for 15 years, she was the founding editor of The Caucus Current, a monthly magazine on conservative Jewish political issues, which was mailed monthly to the entire U.S. Congress and Israeli Knesset.

For 15 years, Joan wrote a monthly column on pregnancy and childbirth for Newday’s Parents & Children Magazine and for Long Island Parent. She was also a political writer for and Newsmax Magazine. To this day, she writes for numerous conservative websites.

Joan and her husband Steve, a businessman, have three children and three grandchildren.

Visit her website


 J. D. Pendry hails from the Southern West Virginia coalfields.  He’s a Veteran of 28 years Army service.  J.D. wrote throughout his service time publishing articles in professional journals (Military Review, Field Artillery Journal, NCO Journal), The Army Times, and other military publications.  He’s maintained a web presence in various forms since 1997 and more so following Army retirement in 1999.     Search the web way back machine and you’re likely to find several variations of JD’s Bunker before it morphed into the present American Freedom Journal.  He has published on various web platforms, some now in cyber heaven, like Old War Dogs, ArmyHQ, Capitol Hill Outsider and others but also on This Ain’t Hell, American Thinker, and News With Views.

His book, which never started out to be a book but thanks to prodding from a dear friend it became one, The Three Meter Zone: Common Sense Leadership for NCOs was published in 1999 and is still widely read.

J.D. believes writing is our best critical thinking tool and often therapeutic.