Army veteran's dying wish is a phone call or text from you

Army veteran's dying wish is a phone call or text from you

Lee Hernandez, who is under hospice care at his home in New Bravos, Texas, has continuous strokes that have affected his vision and cognitive abilities.

He soon was receiving an outpouring of prayers, phone calls and uplifting text messages that Ernestine read to him.

So Ernestine Hernandez set out to prove her husband wrong.

Doctors can do nothing more for him except make him comfortable. When no one called after two hours, he told Ernestine, "I guess no one wants to talk to me".

She got in contact with "Caregivers of Wounded Warriors" and requested they help spread her husband's wish. "They are an excellent support group of wives and ladies who know the struggles of what we go through", Ernestine said.

She first put the message out on Tuesday to the Arizona Veterans Forum on Facebook, which asked fellow veterans to help brighten Lee's day with a simple gesture.

Hernandez, 47, spent 18 years in the Army, served a tour in Iraq and survived three brain surgeries.

This confession broke his wife's heart, so she found out a way to make people call Lee to make him feel better. Though she said he hit "rock bottom" a year ago, he has "beaten the odds and his strong will keeps him going".

"Thank you everyone for your calls and support, " she told The Arizona Republic. The volume of calls has actually forced Ernestine to request people just text and not call.

Ernestine added that sometimes they can't answer the phone, because Lee is in an incredible amount of pain.

Anyone who wishes to do so can call Hernandez at 201-632-6778 between the hours of 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Arizona time.

Ernestine says that if he doesn't respond, it's simply because he's in too much pain.