FAIRFAX, Va. (WJLA) - Entire communities are decimated as more than half a million people are now homeless from Typhoon Haiyan. The victims now live amidst the debris and the dead, and are desperate for food, water, shelter, and emergency medical care.
From his home office in Fairfax County, this Vietnam veteran spent much of his Veterans Day coordinating with his volunteers from the Asia America Initiative (AAI), who have just arrived.
"You can't even get a motorcycle through the streets...all the buildings are down, and there's lots of dead bodies -- hundreds of dead bodies in the water," said AAI president, Albert Santoli.
Over the weekend, volunteers in California packed medical supplies donated by Direct Relief, and Santoli’s team will distribute items like antibiotics, cough and cold medicines, fever reducers for children, diabetic medication, and Pedialyte.
They also have collected surgical supplies for doctors who are operating out of makeshift hospitals.
But getting the aid to where it is needed is the hard part. The Philippine Ambassador says it is a massive undertaking – with no end in sight.
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