Veterans Affairs

About the Office

Hours Mon-Friday 8:30 - 4:30 eagle-w-flag
Phone 570-296-3563
Fax 570-296-3410
Internal Extension 1205
Address Shohola Business Center
837 Route 6, Unit 3
Shohola, PA 18458
Director Jesiah Schrader, VSO

The Pike County Veterans Affairs Office is dedicated to serving the veteran population by assisting them and their family members with issues concerning federal, state and county benefits. The office encourages you to apply for the benefits. Please make an appointment by calling the Pike County Veterans Affairs Office at (570) 296-3563 to receive more detailed information on what is needed to apply for these benefits.

Services Provided
County Benefits
  • $100.00 county death benefit for burial for Veteran or widow
  • Grave flag holders and flags for veteran’s graves for Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day and placing of flags
  • $100.00 county headstone installation benefit
  • $75.00 county headstone engraving benefit if veteran’s grave already has a headstone
  • Recording of DD-214’s/Discharges (free of charge)
  • Certified copies of DD-214
  • Involved in special county-wide activities for parades or events involving the celebration of Memorial Day or Veterans Day
  • Grave registrations for Veterans who are buried in Pike County
  • Pike County Veteran Discount Card
State Benefits
  • Veteran Temporary Assistance Program
  • Property tax exemption for 100% T&P service-connected, wartime Veterans and their widows only that show Financial Need
  • Blind Veterans’ pension
  • Paralyzed Veterans’ pension
  • State Veterans’ home applications for placement
  • Various Veterans license plates from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Persian Gulf Bonus 
  • Military Family Relief
Federal Benefits
  • VA Disability Compensation for service-related problems
  • VA Non-Service-Connected Pension
  • VA Medical Program
  • VA Burial Benefits
  • VA Survivors Pension
  • VA Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)
  • Apportionments for estranged wives or dependent children
  • VA Insurance/lump sum claims and conversions
  • Up-grading or corrections on Discharges and DD-214s
  • Ordering of decorations, medals, and appropriate records from National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis, MO
  • Obtaining DD-214s for WWII period Merchant Marines and U.S. Civil Servants who served on U.S. Navy or U.S. Army Vessels during WWII from the U.S. Coast Guard
  • Some services and benefits are limited and/or restricted to former members of the National Guard and Reserve Armed Forces
  • VA Government Marker/Headstone for Veteran’s unmarked grave
Federal Recognized Wartime periods
Federal Recognized Wartime periods
Under current law, we recognize these wartime periods to decide eligibility for pension benefits:
  • Mexican Border period (May 9, 1916, to April 5, 1917, for Veterans who served in Mexico, on its borders, or in adjacent waters)
  • World War I (April 6, 1917, to November 11, 1918)
  • World War II (December 7, 1941, to December 31, 1946)
  • Korean conflict (June 27, 1950, to January 31, 1955)
  • Vietnam War era (November 1, 1955, to May 7, 1975, for Veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period. August 5, 1964, to May 7, 1975, for Veterans who served outside of the Republic of Vietnam.)
  • Gulf War (August 2, 1990, through a future date to be set by law or presidential proclamation)
Related Links
Pike County Veteran Discount Program
The Pike County Commissioners have established a “Veterans Discount Card Program” in Pike County, PA. The card is free and may be used at participating stores within Pike County.

This program is for all former members of the Armed Forces: active duty, peacetime, wartime.

Applications for the discount program can be completed in the Pike County Veterans Affairs Office Monday – Friday 8:30am to 4:30am

Documents needed for all applicants
  • Honorable Discharge or DD-214
  • Pennsylvania Drivers License with Pike County Resident address
Additional Links
  • Veteran Application Download
  • Store Application Download
Participating Stores
VA Health Care
Important Phone Numbers
Important Phone Numbers
  • Hudson Valley VA Medical Center: 845-831-2000
  • Wilke-Barre VA Medical Center: 570-824-3521
  • Veterans Crisis Line: 800-273-8255
  • Women Veterans Hotline: 855-829-663
  • Vet Center Call Center: 877-WAR-VETS (927-8387)
  • VA Caregiver Support Line: 855-260-3274
Important Websites
Important Websites