Texas Army veteran's dying wish is to hear from you

The wife of an 18½-year U.S. Army veteran who's on his death bed in New Bravos, Texas, is reaching out to Americans everywhere to ask that they fulfill his one last wish in life.

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. Hernandez's speech is failing and he can no longer see.

The post goes on to say that Lee's wife set the phone next to Lee's bed earlier this week "in case someone calls".

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. He soon was receiving an outpouring of prayers, phone calls and uplifting text messages that Ernestine read to him.

If you would like to do your small part to make a world of difference for this man, send Lee Hernandez and his wife a text message at 210-632-6778.

The dying veteran served for 18 1/2 years in the military, including a tour of duty in Iraq. His condition is only worsening after three brain surgeries.

"A lot of people call to pray with him", Ernestine said.

The goal, the initial post said, is to let Lee know people are thinking of him. She described him as a "fighter" who has "beaten the odds and his strong will keeps him going".

Ernestine Hernandez told Arizona Central they've had an influx of calls, many of them from fellow veterans.

The 47-year-old veteran has been fighting this inexplicable illness for five years, but he hit "rock bottom" about a year ago. I do not know all the details, BUT what I do know is his wife told me he asked to hold his phone and when she asked why he said, "incase someone calls".

"Thank you everyone for your calls and support, " she told The Arizona Republic.

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

  • Santos West