An Army veteran who is terminally ill has asked for text messages or phone calls from anyone to assist him in forgetting about his excruciating pain that he endures on a daily basis.
Lee Hernandez is an 18½-year Army veteran who served a tour in Iraq and is under hospice care at his home in New Braunfels, Texas, and has continuous strokes that have affected his vision and cognitive abilities.
Hernandez, who is under hospice care at his home in New Braunfels, Texas, has continuous strokes that have affected his vision and cognitive abilities. The 47-year-old’s body is deteriorating despite three brain surgeries, according to his wife, Ernestine Hernandez.
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.
Despite the circumstances, Ernestine discovered a simple but meaningful way to brighten Lee’s day: phone calls and text messages from others.
The request came after Lee asked his wife to hold onto his phone one day “in case someone calls.” After nearly two hours with no calls, Lee told his wife, “I guess no one wants to talk to me.”
Lee was wrong.
“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 to him.”
She reached out to “Caregivers of Wounded Warriors” to spread Lee’s request. “They are an excellent support group of wives and ladies who know the struggles of what we go through,” Ernestine said.
The 47-year-old has been battling health issues for five years, but hit “rock bottom” more than a year ago. Ernestine says her husband is a “fighter” and has “beaten the odds and his strong will keeps him going.”
“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.
People who want to call or text Lee should reach out in the evening hours, ideally between 2 and 6 p.m Arizona time. Ernestine said that is when Lee is alert despite heavy pain medication.
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The phone number to reach the Hernandez’s is 210-632-6778. Please see the update below.
Update 3: There is an attempt to get an address in order to send cards to the veteran. This will be updated once the address is known.
Update 2: Do the volume of calls and text messages, your text or call may not get through due to resource issues.
Update 1: Director of Development at Military Assistance Mission, Michelle Fawbush stated, “The family is asking that you please text versus call. The story has gone international and I want to thank each and every one of you!!”
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