FAIR LAWN - A World War II veteran says it's time to pay his debt of gratitude to a suffering nation, 70 years after being treated in a Filipino hospital.

90-year-old Edward Sorock was serving in the Merchant Marines aboard an ammunition ship when his leg was broken in an accident.

"God, I don't know what I would have done without them," Sorock says.

Sorock was taken to a hospital in Tacloban, the area of the Philippines now devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.

The retired history teacher says he remembered how he was nursed back to health in Tacloban, and wanted to do whatever he could to help the people there.

"I heard of the numbers of people that were dead, thousands, and those that couldn't eat, hundreds of thousands," he says.

Sorock donated $100 to the Red Cross. He wanted to give even more but says that's what he and his wife of 67 years can afford.

"When I needed them they helped me, he says. "I know they're not asking me. They don't even know that I exist."

Sorock says he knows they exist, and they need his help this time.

For interview with veteran Edward Sorock, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.