Pike County Veterans Affairs Office Grand Opening Celebration - June 1, 2024

The Pike County Veterans Affairs Office invites all to attend the Grand Opening ceremony to celebrate the successful relocation of the office on June 1, 2024, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, at the new facility at the Shohola Business Center, 837 Route 6, Unit 3, Shohola, PA 18458.

The grand opening celebration will begin with the Honor Guard and welcome remarks by Jesiah Scrader, Veterans Affairs Director and the Pike County Commissioners, followed by a brief tour of the facility while enjoying light refreshments.

Throughout the event, Veterans and their families will have the opportunity to speak with County Veteran Service Officers as well as meet representatives of the PA Department of Veterans Affairs to learn about the available Veteran’s benefits.

The office would like to thank the community partners who were instrumental in making this move possible including VetStock, Stone Furniture, American Legion Post 139 Marsch-Kellogg, and Marine Corp League Tri-State Gung Ho #909.

About the New Facility

Prior to the move, the Veterans Affairs Office operated out of a single room with one accredited Veteran Service Officer (VSO) assisting Pike County’s 4,000 Veterans. When office space became available in Shohola, the Commissioner seized the opportunity envisioning the larger space would allow for the expansion needed to better support the needs of the Veteran population in the County.

The new location is well-suited for Veterans to come in and inquire about programs and opportunities. The layout consists of a welcoming reception area, one large meeting room equipped with audio and visual equipment, one multi-purpose room, and three offices.

Services provided by the office include county, state and federal benefits, including real estate tax exemption programs, cemetery flags, filing of claims such as disability, service-connected deaths, dependent and indemnification, pensions, VTA Grants, and assistance with homelessness.

“We are excited by the growth opportunity this space presents. In the coming months, we plan to continue to grow the office to accommodate the influx of Veterans seeking access to benefits. We also are looking at expanding upon the current offerings to become a one-stop hub assisting Veterans and their families navigate Veteran benefits processes,” said Schrader.

About the Office

In 2023, the Pike County Veterans Affairs Office brought in $8M for Veterans in Pike County through a combination of local, state, and federal VA benefits. Schrader also spearheaded the initiative to which expanded the local Veterans Real Estate Tax Exemption program to allow more individuals to qualify for the tax exemption. This is the first of its kind program in the state.

Currently, the office is on track to bring in $12M this year of Federal Benefits to Veterans in the Pike County area through Compensation and Veterans Pension Programs.

Commissioner Matthew Osterberg said, “We feel it is important that we expand our office and continue to expand and support Veteran services. The new office is a beautiful space. We are very thankful to have such a dedicated individual serving as the Director of Veterans Affairs.”

The Veterans Affairs Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Please contact Jesiah Schrader, Veterans Affairs Director at (570) 296-3563 or jschrader@pikepa.org to schedule an appointment.