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A dying veteran's last wish: Text me

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(Source: Facebook/Arizona Veterans Forum) (Source: Facebook/Arizona Veterans Forum)

NEW BRAUNFELS, TX (MEREDITH) -- An Army veteran in Texas has a final request: He wants texts messages, from anyone who will send them.

Lee Hernandez, 47, is suffering from an unknown illness that is making his body deteriorate. He has already undergone three brain surgeries. He’s currently living in hospice care at his home in New Braunfels.

Hernandez’s wife, Ernestine Hernandez, told the Arizona Republic all he wants to do is talk to people. He’s in intense pain, but he still asks his wife to hold on to his phone “in case someone calls.”

But the phone didn’t ring. Ernestine took matters into her own hands, contacting a support group to help drum up some phone calls. She got some help from a member of an Arizona veterans group on Facebook, Michelle Fawbush, whose July 11 post struck a chord with the community.

Ever since Fawbush’s Facebook post, Hernandez’s phone has been ringing nonstop, Fawbush told the Arizona Republic. The volume of calls has actually forced Ernestine to request people just text and not call.

Hernandez served 18 years in the United States Army with a tour in Iraq. If you’d like to speak with Lee Hernandez, you can text (210) 632-6778. Hernandez is blind, but text messages are welcome, and Ernestine will read them to him.

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