A native of Fajardo, Puerto Rico, Janet Gonzalez entered the Army Reserves via the delayed entry program in 1987. Upon completion of training, she returned to Puerto Rico and completed her degree in Social Work.

Some of her assignments included: Material Storage and Holding Specialist, 597th Supply Company, Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico; Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office (DRMO), NCOIC, Germersheim, Germany; Central Issue Facility NCOIC, HHC, 22nd Area Support Group, Vicenza, Italy, Liaison to all supported NATO Organizations in Italy, Greece and Turkey; Logistic Division G-4, Assistant Information Management Office, Camp Zama, Japan; Assistant Foreign Clearance and Force Protection NCOIC, US Embassy in Spain, Office of Defense Corporation Madrid, Spain; Medical Retention Process Case Manager, Medical Hold Company, Fort Bliss, TX;  Casualty and Notification Case Manager, Travel and Transportation NCO, Fatal Accident Branch Case Manager, Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Operations Center (CMAOC).

During deployment training Janet sustained multiple injuries to her left shoulder and right hip. After years of rehabilitation, to include learning to write and drive with an adaptive device, she medically retired from Fort Belvoir Warrior Transition Battalion on May 21, 2014. Janet resides in the Bronx and works for the Office of Child Protective Services.

Janet was part of Warriors to Summits Team Gannett Peak (2015), and her life dramatically changed. She struggled but was open to the experience, which forever changed her life. This opportunity would be about sharing how much the prior expedition changed and transformed her life with new participants.