It is easy to share stories and recollections with other members of this special group of people and can help you gain acceptance, join clubs, find employment, and gain other benefits. It's a contradiction that I don't think many have truly explored. I had those thirteen Marines who did the work and it was my job to coordinate.
The US has experienced a difficult economy over the last few years, including high levels of unemploymentrising costs, and the outsourcing of many jobs.
If you don't show them where they need to focus and what they need to do, then you have created a thermite mixture; a high energy burn that causes a big flash but usually breaks more than it builds. This is what makes them entrepreneurial by nature and can help grow your companies from the inside rather than just be another task follower.
These aren't official DoD-supplied benefits, but they are a great gesture of thanks and can be a real additional benefit. Most veterans won't accept a place where their input isn't valued and they shouldn't.
It creates employees with a proven track record of trustworthiness that are often assets to the organizations they join after they leaving military service.
That is the level of respect each individual Marine has for their organization and when you have that level of fanaticism, you start to see each of them drive each other that much harder.