Why This Proud American Wants Your Calls and Texts

He served 18 years in the Army — now a dying veteran depends on the kindness of strangers

by HealthZette Staff | Updated 17 Jul 2017 at 9:11 PM

A terminally ill Army veteran is asking for text messages or phone calls from strangers to help him forget about his excruciating pain.

Lee Hernandez, who spent 18 years in the Army and served a tour in Iraq, has undergone three brain surgeries but continues to suffer from strokes that are affecting his cognitive abilities, AZCentral.com reported.

Hernandez’s wife, Ernestine, turned to the “Caregivers of Wounded Warriors” to help fulfill his wish after he spent a disappointing afternoon at his Texas home waiting for his phone to ring.

"It broke my heart," Ernestine told AZCentral.com. "[Lee's] speech is not very well, so many people don't take much interest or want to talk to him," Ernestine told the news outlet.

The group posted the 47-year-old's request on their Facebook page, and his phone has been buzzing nonstop with calls and messages from veterans and supporters.

Ernestine said she reads the messages and cards out loud to Hernandez, which helps to lift his spirits, AZCentral reported.

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The request asks that supporters call between 2 and 6 p.m., and that if they don't answer it's because Hernandez is in pain.

"Thank you, everyone, for your calls and support," Ernestine said.

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

This Fox News piece is used by permission.

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