Physician assistant is granddaughter of Uvalde residents
U.S. Army Major Andrea González, granddaughter of Uvalde residents Andrea T. and Jesse R. Moreno, has worked at the White House as a physician assistant for the last two years; and although she has struggled to find a balance between family, faith and her job, she said she would do it all over again.
González was born in Hondo to Nora (Moreno) and Raul González. After attending St. Mary’s University for a bachelor’s degree in biology, González attended Phase 1 of the Interservice Physician Assistant Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The process, she said, was expedited and brutal.
However, González graduated after 11 months at Fort Benning, Georgia, for Phase 1 and 13 months at Fort Benning for Phase 2. Then she returned to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, as a PA. She was the first female PA in that cavalry.
“I want to show others they can do it, too,” González said of her dedication. “There is a lack of role models for Latina women in the military. We are the minority of the minorities.”
After giving birth in May of 2017 to a son, Xavier, she decided to stay in the Army and be “that person” for someone later on. She wanted people to know her story and learn from it.
“I made it. It’s possible,” she said. “I want to put my story out there and help someone else.”
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