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U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis is hosting his annual Veterans Resource Fair on March 14.

The three-hour event at River Ridge High School in New Port Richey will provide information, resources and services to veterans and their families.

“Veterans have given so much to our country — it is only right that we give back,” Bilirakis said. “I am proud to host our ninth annual Veterans Resource Fair. This event will be a one-stop shop for our veterans, providing them with access to a variety of available services and resources. These services include medical care, assistance with their disability claims or education benefits, and employment information.”

The resource fair runs from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. After the fair, Bilirakis and retired U.S. Navy Commander Frank Wuco will host vets and their families for what they’re calling a “patriotic program.”

It will feature a performance by the Hudson Middle School Jazz band and a talk by a former member of an anti-communist teen group, Eddie Ko. Ko was a member of the Student Volunteer Army headed by a South Korean officer. During the Korean war Ko gathered information on the North Korean Army and reported back to the U.S. armed forces.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email

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