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

Modesto Morganelli
Luglio 14, 2017

It doesn't require much effort on our part but would make a world of difference to a man who served his country.

An Army veteran in Texas has a final request: He wants texts messages, from anyone who will send them.

Doctors can do nothing more for him except make him comfortable. Ernestine Hernandez told Arizona Central they've had an influx of calls, many of them from fellow veterans.

An Army veteran in hospice care with a terminal illness asked his wife recently to hold his phone for him in case anyone calls. This wish comes after Lee told his wife, Ernestine Hernandez, one day to hold his phone just in case someone chose to call him.

"It broke my heart", said Ernestine. "(Lee's) speech is not very well, so many people didn't take much interest or want to talk with him".

Hernandez's wife, Ernestine, turned to the "Caregivers of Wounded Warriors" to help fulfill his wish, after he spent a disappointing afternoon at his Texas home waiting for his phone to ring. "They are an excellent support group of wives and ladies who know the struggles of what we go through", Ernestine said. The Arizona Veterans Forum posted Hernandez's wish to Facebook and now the phone won't stop ringing. Many of them pray with him. "It really uplifts him".

He is blind, but his wife will read his texts to him.

Hearing that, Ernestine new she had to act.

"Thank you, everyone, for your calls and support. I am trying to give him the best life I am able to with the help of my mom", Ernestine said.

The Arizona Republic said the best time to call or text is between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

If you want to brighten Lee's day with a text or phone call, his number is 210-632-6778.

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