Panel of experts discuss PTSD, legal issues facing veterans

In honor of Veterans Day, the S.J. Quinney College of Law recently hosted a roundtable discussion with several experts about issues faced by veterans, including the legal issues surrounding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The panel of experts included:

-Jim Holbrook, veteran and professor at the S.J. Quinney College of Law

-John Baxter, veteran, judge, and head of the Salt Lake City Veteran’s Court

-Craig Bryan, Ph.D. psychologist and executive director of the National Center for Veterans Studies

-Kody Condos, law student at the S.J. Quinney College of Law with research work involving veterans

-Royal Hansen, founding judge of the Utah Third District Veterans Court

The experts discussed how the treatment of veterans with PTSD has been changing and how veterans can avoid harmful stereotypes about PTSD in the workplace. The experts also emphasized the importance of finding mentors and reaching out for help when struggling with PTSD.

“Even though my service was 50 years ago, I can talk to student veterans and relate to them,” said Holbrook. “We didn’t have identical experiences, but we had parallel experiences.”

Baxter agreed with Holbrook’s statement.

“I’m not your buddy, I’m your judge. But I’ve got your back,” he said.

There are a total of 16 student veterans in the S.J. Quinney College of Law, which has an active Student Veterans Association which works closely with the University of Utah’s Veterans Support Center.

To view the full discussion, visit

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