However, this overlooks the fact that there is already a legion of people out there who got their degrees in their early twenties and already have civilian work experience. What is an employer supposed to do when looking at two resumes? "Well, Bob got his marketing degree in 2004 and went right to work for a big firm in Chigaco, while Tom here got his marketing degree three weeks ago and has zero industry experience, but he does know the effective range of a mounted Mk-19..."
Industry experience is probably more important than the piece of paper saying you got some book learnin'. And that's the main stumbling block to vets right now - a ground-pounder's industry experience has no corollary in the real world.