John Ruzich, CP, LP, learned about careers in O&P by happenstance. He grew up on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, an area abundant with steel mills, where he graduated from high school in 1968. He says he had not given serious consideration to attending college until being drafted became a possibility. He enrolled in a nearby college that was affiliated with the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center (NUPOC), Chicago. Since he enjoyed his science classes and was looking for a major that would allow him to help people, he enrolled in NUPOC’s program. Ruzich says he has especially appreciated the opportunity to give something back to our veterans for the sacrifices they have made.