Why did I want to do this? Simple. I’m a fighter, a Warrior it’s who I am. I’m the Daughter of a King. God created me. What else made me who I am?
My grandfather, Kent G. Feidler was a decorated Naval officer who inspired me to join the US Army. He taught me about war, men, Law Enforcement, and math. He believed in me. As a young adult, smoking cigars with papa and watching John Wayne movies, or listening to music while the police scanner played were some of the greatest times in my life. Papa was the coolest, “baddest” man I’ve ever known. He was also the sweetest. He died of Emphysema and Lung Cancer in 1999, which is why I still fight today. He’s the reason I quit smoking 8 yrs ago. He still empowers me to be a strong example to our youth…
When I held my Zane in my arms for the very first time, BOOM! A love filled bomb instantly exploded into my soul and left shrapnel in my heart that still makes me want to be better today. God soon blessed me with more nieces and nephews: Hannah, Dylan, Blake, Kyle, and Ryeleigh--more reasons to go on...
“No Nonsense Grandma” (PD Silk) and I bonded over the “Golden Girls”, “Verne and Shirwey” (Laverne and Shirley) and Broadway classics (often by Andrew Lloyd Webber) such as “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Phantom of the Opera”, while eating strawberries. Grandma has literally saved my life and made it sweeter. Grandma empowered me to be all that I can be!
My sister Jenny Rose has always been in my life, never gave up on me or called me stupid. She’s always loved me for who I am and has always trusted me to be the older sister, give her advice, and to simply love her for who she is. She’s an amazingly talented mother and wife. She’s intelligent in ways that baffle me. She’s fun to be with and has an electric, contagious laugh that you catch when you’re around her. Jenny’s spirit is as resilient as the butterfly.
My brother, Will has been there in different ways than any other person in my life has. Will has shown me courage, perseverance and strength that still inspire me today. He’s one of the only people to tell me the truth all the time, even if he thinks it will hurt me. That is something that calms the soul! My brother, William, served in the US NAVY and is probably the best father I’ve ever met.
I am who I am and do what I do for love; my family, my community of Erie, Pa, the Country I love--The USA, and for Veterans everywhere. To paraphrase Dr. Martin Luther King’s words and build upon them: I have a dream that one day we would be judged not by the color of our skin, sex, race, creed, religion, sexual orientation, job title or any other label, but by the content of our character.
Liberty V. Justice is a Warrior--An East High School Alumni with a Master’s degree in writing. Having enlisted in the Army herself, Veterans hold a special place in Liberty’s heart, as she feels their pain and wants to help them. Raised on the Lower East Side of Erie, Pennsylvania, Christ unshackled Liberty from the life she endured there. She had to rise above what she saw and become brave in sharing her testimony through writing, in the hopes of helping others overcome some of life's’ more tragic hardships as she herself did.
Having been published in such places as “The War Cry” (Salvation Army magazine) and Erie TImes News, as well as websites like Wonderfully Woven and Erijams (as Heather Dalrymple), Liberty finally feels empowered to achieve her lifelong goal of helping others through her gift of writing. “We don’t have to suffer in silence, we can collectively raise our voices and empower those who feel they don’t have a choice” LIberty says.
Liberty can be reached at email@example.com