The rapid spread of the novel coronavirus is leading school systems across the U.S. to shutter their facilities for the remainder of the school year. To maintain continuity for children and employment for teachers and staff, schools in Michigan and the Commonwealth of Virginia are already switching to online and home-based learning for the final months of the school year, leaving parents with the task of overseeing education for their school-aged children.

The coronavirus pandemic has already forced parents into a delicate balancing act between maintaining a normal home life and adapting to home-based work or coping with sudden joblessness…


Former Army Ranger and private military contractor turned YouTube sensation and entrepreneur Mat Best is no stranger to success. A founder of veteran-owned companies Article 15 Clothing, Leadslingers Spirits, and Black Rifle Coffee Company, Best also helped to create the popular “Drinkin’ Bros” Podcast, and was instrumental in the veteran-sponsored production of zombie film “Range 15,” in which Best also has an acting role.

Best can now add New York Times bestselling author to his formidable list of achievements. His debut biography, Thank You for My Service, is a rousing read that outlines the veteran’s path to his extensive accomplishments.


After September 11, 2001, Americans made the united declaration that they would “Never Forget” the terror attacks that took 2,977 innocent lives and rocked our sense of security.

Image for post
Image for post
World Trade Center Towers on September 11, 2001 (Image from flickr)

Eighteen years later, Facebook has determined that the well-documented reality of that day’s disturbing events is not appropriate for its audiences. Just days before the anniversary of the terror attacks, the website refused to host an ad for a 9/11 docuseries because it “uses an image or video that contains shocking, sensational, or excessively violent content.”

Facebook’s notice was delivered to veteran-owned, veteran-operated company Nine Line Apparel, which sought to use the…


With conservative freedom of speech under attack across social media platforms like YouTube, Twitter, and Pinterest, social media giant Facebook has begun directly attacking conservative groups, individuals, and content under the guise of shielding users from false content and hate speech.

Carole Quattro Levine, founder of the Facebook-based conservative media site “Flyover Culture,” is among the latest, but not nearly the first victim of Facebook’s crackdown.

Image for post
Image for post

According to Levine, Facebook’s censorship arose after sites such as her own “stunned the political world in 2016” by empowering like-minded conservatives often overlooked by coastal political elites and mainstream media, and thus ushering…


In the course of several months, President Trump’s previously strong strategy for Afghanistan has become a two-pronged conglomerate of weak Obama-era strategies that never bore fruit, with Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad attempting peace talks with an enemy in possession of tremendous momentum, and the Pentagon preparing what amounts to yet another Afghanistan withdrawal timeline of three to five years.

Trump and U.S. military, intelligence, and government leaders should reexamine the recent points of failure and weakness in America’s Afghanistan strategy so that, whether or not the Taliban prove earnest in their pursuit of a peaceful end to…


The world’s “longest hatred,” anti-Semitism, is on the rise in the United States — and elected officials in our highest offices are giving it continued breath.

Before and after taking office, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., has employed a laundry list of anti-Semitic rhetoric and tropes, cloaked as disapproval of the Israeli state. The representative has apologized for some of her remarks, including a Tweet, now deleted, from 2012 in which she stated Israel had “hypnotized the world,” and a February 10 Tweet, also deleted, in which she implied Jewish money controlled American congressmen.

She has yet to apologize for utilizing…


This is a story with purpose, so I’ll come out with it at the start: I am working to ensure that the life of John ‘Yogi’ Graham, the F-14 RIO,who went through the RAG with my dad, Glen ‘Wheels’ Wheless almost four decades ago, is forever immortalized. Yogi perished in an accident that was unavoidable and unforeseeable, but which also saved the lives of those who continued to fly the F-14 after Yogi’s passing. One of those men was my dad.

Image for post
Image for post
John ‘Yogi’ Graham, in a photo from his days in the RAG

Yogi’s story played a central role in “The Fighter Pilots’ Guide to Living,” a story I published on Medium…


On Saturday morning, Robert Bowers perpetrated what the Anti-Defamation League referred to as the “deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history.” Twenty minutes after Bowers entered the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, he opened fire, leaving 11 victims dead, and six more wounded. “All these Jews need to die,” he told police upon his arrest.

While many are coming together to mourn this devastating loss of life and condemn the anti-Semitism Bowers espoused, others have heaped the blame for the genocidal act on President Trump. …


Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has nearly clinched the title of youngest woman elected to Congress, and that is not the only reason that hers has become a household name. Across a host of media outlets, she can be found peddling a $40 trillion progressive agenda the country cannot afford, and rattling off questionable facts and figures about issues domestic and global. But Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s misstatements are not confined to her public appearances. The national defense platform detailed on her election website shows a deep misunderstanding of the U.S. military’s involvements, and of those who fight our wars.

Image for post
Image for post
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at a July 2018 event. Photo by Mark Dillman

Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s national…


A previous version of this piece was published in Words After War.

I am sitting in a grease-splattered chair in the only diner in Ovid, Michigan. Seated at my right is my husband. To my left sits James*, the man I once thought I would marry.

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Sahar Mann on Unsplash

My heart beats a rough rat-a-tat while I collect my thoughts. I look down, hoping all my preparations will give me comfort. Instead, I’m overcome by the immense feeling that I am out of my league. James was a newspaper reporter and the editor of his college paper in a previous lifetime. …

Beth Bailey

Freelance writer working on a novel about love and the war in Afghanistan. You can find my work in the Washington Examiner, the Federalist, and the Detroit News

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store