Dying Army veteran asks for phone calls, text messages

Amos Gonzales
July 15, 2017

According to a post on Facebook, Lee Hernandez is terminally ill and now receiving hospice care in his Texas home.

Doctors told Hernandez and his wife Ernestine that there is nothing more they can do except to try to make his final days more comfortable, and a big part of that comfort is to see that he's happy.

"It broke my heart", Ernestine said.

Recently, Lee Hernandez asked his wife to hold his phone for him.

Ernestine said she reads the messages and cards out loud to Hernandez, which helps to lift his spirits, AZCentral reported.

Some posted screenshots of reactions they had gotten to their text messages to Lee Hernandez.

"I guess no one wants to talk to me", he said, according to the Republic.

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The dying veteran served for 18 1/2 years in the military, including a tour of duty in Iraq.

Army veteran Lee Hernandez, 47, suffers from a debilitating stroke condition that has been deemed terminal after three brain surgeries were unable to pinpoint the cause.

So she reached out to Caregivers of Wounded Warriors, an advocacy group for caregivers, and the Arizona Veterans Forum posted his wish to Facebook, along with his phone number. Many come from veterans and people who want to let him know he is not alone.

"Thank you everyone for your calls and support", Ernestine Hernandez said. "It really uplifts him". Ernestine says her husband is a "fighter" and has "beaten the odds and his strong will keeps him going". She says she will continue to give him the best life she can offer.

People who want to call or text Lee should reach out in the evening hours, ideally between 2 and 6 p.m Arizona time.

Ernestine discovered that the thing that brightens Lee's day the most is to hear from other people.

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