A dying veteran's last wish: Text me

Posted July 16, 2017

"It really uplifts him", said Ernestine, who reads the text messages and cards to her husband because he is almost blind.

He wants us, you, to send him text messages or give him a call. When no one called after two hours, he told Ernestine, "I guess no one wants to talk to me".

"Ernestine said his low spirits "broke my heart", adding, "[Lee's] speech is not very well, so many people didn't take much interest or want to talk with him".

The doctors have been unable to pinpoint what exactly has caused Hernandez's illness, and said the only thing they can do is make him as comfortable as possible.

Ernestine chose to reach out to Caregivers of Wounded Warriors - a support group for partners of injured servicemen and women - to ask others to contact Lee and wish him well. Even after three brain surgeries, nothing changed.

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. He got tons of cards, calls, and texts from a lot of strangers that wished him the best and prayed for him to recover.

Hernandez, 47, spent more than 18 years in the military. Please let Lee know that the veterans in Arizona are thinking of him! "It really lifts him up".

An Army veteran is fighting the last battle of his life and a simple phone call from a grateful well-wisher could be just the support he needs at this time.

People who want to call or text Lee should reach out in the evening hours, ideally between 2 and 6 p.m Arizona time. She says she will continue to give him the best life she can offer.

Ernestine says that if he doesn't respond, it's simply because he's in too much pain. The post said Hernandez had asked his wife to keep hold of his cell phone while he received hospice care in New Braunfels, Texas.

"The experience is very painful", Lee said.