Curtis Coy, VA’s Deputy Under Secretary of Economic Opportunity
The Western Area Veteran Education Specialists (WAVES) presented Deputy Under Secretary of Economic Opportunity, Curtis Coy, with the Bill Pearson Outstanding Life-time Achievement Award July 19. Coy was recognized for his work improving VA’s quality of service in providing educational benefits to Veterans and qualifying family members.
“Our commitment to inclusive strategic partnerships, inspired by the MyVA philosophy is paying off and being recognized,” Coy said. The MyVA vision puts Veterans in control of how, when, and where they wish to be served. It is a catalyst to make VA a world-class service provider and serves as framework for modernizing VA’s culture, processes, and capabilities to put the needs, expectations and interests of Veterans and their families first.
Bill Pearson, the award’s namesake, was the first Educational Regional Processing Office Director at VA’s Muskogee Regional Office (RO). Pearson dedicated his life to improving the quality of service for educational benefits recipients.
“The board of WAVES felt that Mr. Coy also demonstrated the same traits exemplified by Mr. Pearson…because of all the work (he) has done for the betterment of Veterans and (WAVES members),” Copeland said.
The award honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions through constructive participation in Veterans organizations, those who demonstrate the deep sense of caring exemplified by Mr. Pearson according to WAVES president, Tracy Copeland. WAVES is an organization comprised of members who strive to promote professional standards, policies, and ethical practices among members with goals to serve the needs and interests of Veterans, faculties, and administrators. By focusing on meeting Veterans’ needs and expectations, VA will improve the overall Veterans experience, which aims to build trusted, lifelong relationships.