Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

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

He wants to hear from you, from me, from everyone.

When no one did for two hours, he said "I guess no one wants to talk to me". Therefore, as his last wish, he wanted people - strangers - to give him a call or to send him a text.

She seats alongside Lee to read texts and cards.

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.

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. 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. "(Lee's) speech is not very well, so many people didn't take much interest or want to talk to him".

Ernestine shared her husband's wishes with Caregivers of the Wounded Warriors and Lee's phone has been ringing off the hook ever since. Many come from veterans and people who want to let him know he is not alone.

"They are an excellent support group of wives and ladies who know the struggles of what we go through", Ernestine said about the supporting group for veterans and added that thanks to that "a lot of people call to pray with him".

The 47-year-old veteran has been fighting this inexplicable illness for five years, but he hit "rock bottom" about a year ago.

Hearing that, Ernestine new she had to act. According to, it's best to reach Lee between 2-6 pm central time. Ernestine said that is when Lee is alert despite heavy pain medication. She says she will continue to give him the best life she can offer. The Hernandez family can be reached at 210-632-6778. She also says that while Hernandez may not be able to answer every call due to excruciating pain, that she "wouldn't have it any other way". Ernestine said, "The experience is very painful, but I wouldn't have it any other way".

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