We need veterans to attend the top universities in the U.S. and the U.K. Not only do veterans deserve the kinds of high quality educations available at places like Yale, Stanford, and Oxford, but mixing of students is one way to ensure that gap between civilians and military doesn't grow. Wesleyan and Vassar, two "little ivies" as this article puts it, have started scholarship programs for returning veterans. I hope other schools follow suit. This should be part of any "diversity" discussion about elite higher education.
The lack of veterans at top colleges points to the growing gap between civilians and veterans in America. If this gap continues to grow it will create a generation vulnerable to mystification and worship of the troops, both of which make addressing actual problems harder. It will create a generation ready to support but too ignorant to be helpful.