Vets more willing to accept PTSD treatment, New Pike County director of Veterans Affairs says

The director position had been vacant for several months. New director Jesiah Schrader had been deputy director of Veterans’ Affairs for Monroe County. Resistance to PTSD treatment persists but has declined, he says.

| 07 Jun 2022 | 10:15

MILFORD, PA ― Jesiah Schrader became the new Pike County Director of Veterans’ Affairs on May 9, filling a position that had been vacant since December 30, 2021.

In the interim, administrators in the Veterans’ Affairs Offices in Lackawanna, Franklin and Monroe counties volunteered their services to assist veterans in Pike.

Prior to accepting the director position, Schrader served veterans and their families as Deputy Director of Veterans’ Affairs in Monroe County, PA for seven years.

He is also an Iraq War veteran, who has served in the United States Army active duty and Pennsylvania National Guard.

“We have among the highest percentage in the state of veterans residing in Pike County,” said Commissioner Chair Matt Osterberg. “This is an important position. The feds need to better with veteran services--they get bogged down. Jesiah knows how to navigate that.”

As for addressing the PTSD and traumatic brain injury issues that often plague veterans, Schrader said, “We’re making strides, but veterans have to be willing to accept treatment. Searching for help has grown as the stigma has dwindled.”

Osterberg noted that a veterans group has been meeting on Wednesdays at the American Legion, even during the height of Covid, gathering outside when appropriate. A mental health professional, whether psychiatrist, psychologist or case worker often attends meetings.

For additional information on the Pike County Veterans Affairs Office or the services it provides, contact Jesiah Schrader, Director of Veterans Affairs, at or (570) 296-3563, ext. 1205.