Army veteran's last wish is for a text from you

Henrietta Strickland
July 15, 2017

The best way to do that, according to the veteran's wife, Ernestine, is with phone calls and text messages. Lee Hernandez, who spent 18 years in the Army and served a tour in Iraq, has undergone three brain surgeries, but continues to suffer from strokes that are effecting his cognitive abilities, AZCentral.com reported. According to the Republic, doctors have not been able to pinpoint a cause for his illness and at this point they can do nothing more but make him comfortable.

"It broke my heart", Ernestine said. This wish comes after Lee told his wife, Ernestine Hernandez, one day to hold his phone just in case someone made a decision to call him.

"A lot of people call to pray with him", said Ernestine Hernandez, who reads text messages and cards of support to her husband. However, the phone never rang, and he said to his wife that perhaps no one wanted to talk to him or to know how he is.

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

An Army veteran with a terminal illness has a simple request as his dying wish: to hear from people via phone call and text message.

"Ernestine always shares her days with Lee and pictures, and, when she told us about no one calling, asked us to send him a text or call", she said. Though she said he hit "rock bottom" a year ago, he has "beaten the odds and his strong will keeps him going".

Hearing that, Ernestine new she had to act. The best time to reach him is between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. EST, because that's when he's most alert. The Hernandez family can be reached at 210-632-6778.

"The experience is very painful, but I wouldn't have it any other way".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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