Originally Posted by eforce
I would get the degree...you'll have employment opportunities with a stable salary because of your education.
This is a lie. The chances of getting a stable job with a salary may be higher for college grads than not, but it is far from being an absolute fact - hell, in the current economy I wouldn't even say it's probable. Based on my own job search I can attest to the fact that a college degree and no experience is less valuable than 4 years work experience and no degree.
OP, since you're a veteran and should be able to get a large portion of your college funded for you, then I'd say go for it. If it weren't for that fact though, I would tell you to forego school altogether and just keep doing what you're doing. I went directly to college from high-school and financed it through student loans. It was the worst mistake I've ever made.