Texas veteran's dying wish is for you to give him a call

  • Texas veteran's dying wish is for you to give him a call

Texas veteran's dying wish is for you to give him a call

His wife, Ernestine Hernandez, says her husband became so despondent after a lapse in communication that he felt like "no one wants to talk to me", according to USA Today. But now, the once agile soldier lies idle at his home in New Braunfels, Texas, where he is receiving hospice care.

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

"It broke my heart", Ernestine told AZCentral.

It is not such a big deal to send Lee a supportive message in these hard moments, especially considering he served his country for a lot of years.

The request came after Lee asked his wife to hold onto his phone one day "in case someone calls".

Her Facebook post was quickly spread around the Internet, and in a matter of days, his phone was overwhelmed with over 70,000 text messages from people around the world.

Hernandez, 47, spent 18 years in the Army, served a tour in Iraq and survived three brain surgeries.

Doctors have not been able to pinpoint a cause for Lee's illness and said there is nothing more they can do but make him comfortable.

"A lot of people call to pray with him". She said that it's best to reach out between 2 and 6 p.m.

To help cheer up Lee, Ernestine is asking people to give him a call or send him a text because it helps to lift his spirits. Ernestine Hernandez told Arizona Central they've had an influx of calls, many of them from fellow veterans.

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. "Thank you all for your text messages and your phone calls, and for thinking of me and supporting me" he said through a soft voice.

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