Named in Honor of
Lieutenant Colonel Mark P. Phelan
(1970 – 13 October 2004)
Lieutenant Colonel Mark P. Phelan, 44, of Green Lane, Pennsylvania, died on October 13, 2004 in Mosul, Iraq when an improvised explosive device detonated near their convoy vehicle.
Phelan was assigned to the Army Reserve’s 416th Civil Affairs Battalion, Norristown, PA. He spent 22 years in the reserve, volunteering for two tours of duty in Iraq. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Meritorious Service Medal.
"When I met Heather from Tails of Valor about a year ago, I was homeless and was going to intense therapy for PTSD as well as Bipolar2 Disorder at the VA 5 days a week. After several opportunities to volunteer with the program, I realized what an impact this program was making on my life. I started going to the program 5 days a week and I am now paired with a great service dog. I volunteer my time to help other Veterans and only go to the VA once every 6 weeks. I feel the program has helped me to achieve my independence again. Having Phelan has allowed me to go out and enjoy life again."