Pike County Veterans Affairs Office relocates to Shohola Business Center

Shohola. A range of services will be available to area veterans, with two dedicated staffers on-hand.

| 30 Jan 2024 | 10:37

After several months of transitioning to its new space, the Pike County Veterans Affairs Office (VA) is now fully operational at its new location at the Shohola Business Center (835 Route 6, Unit 3, Shohola). The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The new office is located next door to the Pike County Workforce Development Agency.

“The Veterans Affairs office is open at our new location, and we are ready to continue assisting veterans and their families,” said Veterans Affairs Director Jesiah Schrader.

Two accredited veterans service officers — Jesiah Schrader and Deputy Director Karen Olson — are available to assist the nearly 4,000 Pike County veterans with navigating veteran benefits processes. The office provides help for the following services: county benefits, state benefits, federal benefits (including real estate tax exemption programs), Pike County veterans discount cards, cemetery flags, filing of claims such as disability, service-connected deaths, dependent and indemnification, pensions, VTA grants, and housing assistance.

“Our intent with the new facility at the Shohola Business Center is to create a veterans hub of information and resources within Pike County,” said Schrader.

“This past year, the VA office has increased its service to the veteran population by expanding upon the services it provides,” added Commissioner Matthew Osterberg. “With the recent growth of the office, this move will provide additional opportunities to support our veterans.”

According to the county’s announcement, the move was made possible thanks to the County Maintenance Team, as well as donations from Stone Furniture in Scranton and VetStock, a local veteran non-profit organization.

The VA office plans to hold a grand opening later this year to celebrate the move. Additional details will be provided as they become available.

“We look forward to welcoming veterans to the new facility,” said Olson.

For additional information on the Pike County Veterans Affairs Office services, contact Jesiah Schrader and Karen Olson of Veterans Affairs at jschrader@pikepa.org or kolson@pikepa.org, or call 570-296-3563 to schedule an appointment.

Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred so each client receives individualized attention.

Additional information can be found on the Pike County website, pikepa.org/va.