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Arizona Army veteran’s dying wish is to get messages of support

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PHOENIX — An Arizona Army veteran who is dying from a terminal illness has one last wish: Some people pickup the phone and call or send him a text message.

Lee Hernandez’s request was posted on a Facebook page for Arizona veterans earlier this week. The post said Hernandez had asked his wife to keep hold of his cell phone while he received hospice care in New Braunfels, Texas.

“After two hours and no calls he told his wife, ‘I guess no one wants to talk to me,'” the post read.

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

“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,” she told the newspaper.

Hernandez’s doctors were unsure what is causing him to have continuous strokes that affected both his vision and speech and plan to make him comfortable in his final days.

Hernandez, 47, spent more than 18 years in the military. He served in Iraq.

Anyone who wishes to do so can call Hernandez at 201-632-6778 between the hours of 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Arizona time. Text messages could be sent to the same number.

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