Dying Army veteran's last wish: a call from you

Henrietta Brewer
July 15, 2017

After no one called for two hours, Lee Hernandez, 47, told his wife, Ernestine, "I guess no one wants to talk to me". The 18-year Army veteran, who served in Iraq, has been in hospice care at their home in New Braunfels, Texas. All he wants is to talk to people.

Since the Arizona Veterans Forum posted his wish on Facebook, Lee Hernandez has been receiving plenty of calls and texts.

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.

His wife, Ernestine Hernandez, said she found a therapeutic way to brighten her husband's day: Phone calls and text messages from others. The Facebook post has inspired many to reach out to Hernandez and let him know that they are thinking about him. Text messages could be sent to the same number.


Ernestine shared her husband's wishes with Caregivers of the Wounded Warriors and Lee's phone has been ringing off the hook ever since.

Hearing that, Ernestine new she had to act.

Hernandez has lost his vision but his wife reads the text messages out loud to him. "It really uplifts him".

They request that supporters call between 2-6 p.m., and that if they don't answer it's because Hernandez is in pain. "I am trying to give him the best life I am able to with the help of my mom", she said.


People who would like to call Lee can reach him at 210-632-6778.

Despite fighting for his life more times than many of us could even imagine, Hernandez continues to suffer from strokes.

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


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