Dying Army veteran has one final wish - to talk to you

Dying Army veteran asks for phone calls, text messages

Ernestine said the moment broke her heart, but it also inspired her to reach out to "Caregivers of Wounded Warriors" to find people who wanted to talk to Lee.

Though the strokes have left him blind, Lee brightens up when Ernestine reads messages and cards to him. After two hours with no calls, he told his wife, "I guess no one wants to talk to me". His "speech is not very well, so many people didn't take much interest or want to talk to him". Doctors have been unable to diagnose his illness, and have said all they can do is make him comfortable. She shared Hernanez's dying wish with a number of Veteran communities, and eventually his number made its way to the Arizona Veterans Forum's Facebook page.

For those who want to reach out to Hernandez, his phone number is 210-632-6778. He has already undergone three brain surgeries.

And even though Lee Hernandez is in a tough spot, Ernestine said that he's "beaten the odds and his strong will keeps him going".

47-year old, Lee Hernandez served for 18 years and a half in the army and spent a lot of time in Iraq.

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. "I am trying to give him the best life I am able to with the help of my mom", she told the newspaper.

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Hearing that, Ernestine new she had to act.

Anyone wanting to lift Lee's spirits is asked to call between the hours of 2 p.m.to 6 p.m.

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.

Ernestine added that sometimes they can't answer the phone, because Lee is in an incredible amount of pain.

Recently, Lee Hernandez asked his wife to hold his phone for him.

"The experience is very painful", Lee said.

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