Radio show keeps veterans connected

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — It’s become a Saturday morning tradition for military veterans and their families in Coastal Bend.

“We’re getting attention,” joked 93-year-old Korean War veteran Dotson Lewis, host of the Veterans Radio Roundtable.

Lewis started the two-hour Veterans’ Community Conversation five years ago to ensure veterans’ voices and concerns were heard. It airs at 8:00 a.m. KEYS 1440 AM and 98.7 FM.

“I was shocked, to say the least, what veterans were going through to get things done,” he said.

The show is filled with news about veterans, upcoming events and reporters, such as State Rep. Todd Hunter and Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales.

Hunter took a recent opportunity to introduce important upcoming legislation for 2022 that will impact veterans and their families.

“I think we need to make sure that veterans have tax exemptions, not just for veterans but also for their spouses and their families,” Hunter said.

From questions about medical benefits to even career fairs, Lewis uses the power to share ideas and information over the airwaves with fellow veterans. It’s what drives him to make sure every veteran is headed in the right direction to get the help they need.

“I get emails or calls,” Lewis said. “Hey, is that happening? Yeah. That helps.”

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