Stanislaus County Sheriff’s deputy to receive Congressional Certificate

Bee Staff ReportsMay 28, 2014 

A Stanislaus County sheriff’s deputy on Thursday will receive a Congressional Certificate from U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, for his work with incarcerated military veterans.

Deputy Tim Burns is an Army veteran who served from 2000-06, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Department. Shortly after leaving the military, he was hired by the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department as a custodial deputy and is working as a mental health deputy at the downtown men’s jail.

Burns tracks veteran inmates to ensure all appropriate benefits and mental health care is in place for their specific needs. He also helps inmates get connected with Veteran Affairs so their benefits can continue after incarceration.

Many veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and can be helped if the appropriate resources are in place. Veterans who are not connected with Veterans Affairs will receive assistance and counseling from Stanislaus County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services.

Burns will receive the Congressional Certificate at an awards ceremony at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System’s domiciliary service open house.

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