Curtis Coy, VA's Deputy Under Secretary of Economic Opportunity

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.

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Published on Aug. 9, 2016

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  1. seo August 21, 2016 at 10:04 am

    thank you very much

  2. Velma Deason August 19, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    I think this is BS, try helping the veterans that can’t work and the wife does it all plus it the house clean wash done and helps husband who is the vet clean with no help or pay,who is also disable from a 4 1/2 blood clot Noone gives a rats assistance about them.

  3. Cynndi Nelson August 15, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    It is comical how the VA preaches that they are there for us veterans!! The VA VocRehab (Houston) is frustrating and discouraging!!! I come from a veteran family and wanted to encourage my children in the same direction; however, with them witnessing my struggles to obtain assistance from the VA – they are not “hearing it”. I have been unemployed for over 2years and still there is some excuse from VocRehab as to why I do not qualify for resume assistance, educational or vocational training.

  4. RHONDA DIOUM August 12, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    Our Veterans needs supported programs to enhance their lives as well as their families lives. Go Veterans. I am a Rehabilitation (Vocational) Counselor, willing to assist any Veterans with upgrading their quality of life, with employment and connecting them to services and resources in the community.

    Rhonda Dioum, MSRC, ES

  5. John Hawkins August 12, 2016 at 11:27 am

    The VA Voc Rehab is a joke. I was told that my service connected disabilites were too severe to use VA voc rehab and than received a letter that was denied because I was employed; although, I was underemployed and could not function effectively because if my service connected disabilities. It’s a big joke when they say one thing and do another

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