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Army Vets Last Wish: Call or Text Me

Dying Army veteran asks for phone calls, text messages

A U.S. Army veteran in hospice care with a terminal illness has one wish that would mean so much to him, but can easily be granted by anyone - he's asking people to text or give him a call.

According to a Facebook post, Lee Hernandez asked his wife recently to hold his phone for him in case he got any phone 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 is blind, so he wife will read text messages to him. Text messages could be sent to the same number. After just three days Lee was said to have received over 53,000 text messages and been inundated with calls from across the U.S. and even overseas.

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.

Ernestine discovered that the thing that brightens Lee's day the most is to hear from other people.

Since the Facebook post, Hernandez has seen an uptick in calls and messages, his wife, Ernestine, told the Arizona Republic.

The goal, the initial post said, is to let Lee know people are thinking of him. A post explaining Hernandez's story has been shared more than 600 times since it was orignally shared on Tuesday.

The 47-year-old has been battling health issues for five years but hit "rock bottom" more than a year ago. Ernestine Hernandez said the best time to make contact is during the late afternoon or early evening, Central Daylight Time, the Republic reported. "I am trying to give him the best life I am able to with the help of my mom", she told the newspaper.

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

She calls Lee a "fighter, and says "a lot of people call to pray with him".