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


Army veteran Lee Hernandez, 47, suffers from a debilitating stroke condition that has been deemed terminal after three brain surgeries were unable to pinpoint the cause.

Lee Hernandez is now in hospice care in his home.

He served in the army for 18 and a half years, according to KRON, including a tour in Iraq. He's in intense pain, but he still asks his wife to hold on to his phone "in case someone calls". When no one called after two hours, he told Ernestine, "I guess no one wants to talk to me".

The Arizona Republic said the best time to call or text is between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. CT.

So she reached out to Caregivers of Wounded Warriors, an advocacy group for caregivers, and the Arizona Veterans Forum posted his wish to Facebook, along with his phone number. They say there is nothing money can do to ameliorate his condition, though they want him to feel as comfortable as possible.

Voice or text, it doesn't matter which - he just wants to know that people care.

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Ever since Fawbush's Facebook post, Hernandez's phone has been ringing nonstop, Fawbush told the Arizona Republic.

"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". Lee can't do this by himself because he lost his vision.

Ernestine discovered that the thing that brightens Lee's day the most is to hear from other people. "I am trying to give him the best life I am able to with the help of my mom", Ernestine said. Ernestine describes his husband as a fighter that has "beaten the odds".

Lee's disease started about five years ago.

He can be contacted at 210-632-6778.