Marine Corps Spouse & Caregiver
Deborah Elliott was born into an Air Force Family in Warrensburg, Missouri. Deb has earned both an Associate’s degree in Arts and Sciences from Southwestern Illinois College, and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology from East Carolina University. Deb met her Marine Corps husband in Illinois and moved to Cherry Point, North Carolina. During a nine-month deployment, her husband became very ill. After initial misdiagnoses led to his illness worsening, he was eventually declared undeployable, and medically retired. Being a mother of two and caregiver for her husband left Deb little time for personal and professional growth. Through the Dog Tag Fellowship Program, Deb had the time and space to focus on herself and her goals, and gain the entrepreneurial experience necessary to start her own business as a professional organizer. While enrolled in our program, she founded DEO Organizing and secured her first clients. In 2019 she won a Pillars of Strength scholarship to attend University of Maryland University College (UMUC), where she is now studying. Deb is currently working to launch her business website, continuing to grow her professional organizing business and build her customer base while uplifting others. Deb also was selected as a 2019 Dole Caregiver Fellow with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, using her newfound sense of purpose to advocate for other military caregivers throughout DC, Maryland, and Virginia.