Like their fellow refugees, the Grci?s were sent to New York before being assigned to a local aid agency elsewhere in the country. Once in Kirkland, Grci? was given some money, a green card and help in finding both a place to live and a job. Grci? still has the drawn look of someone who has returned from the dead. While he has regained most of the weight he lost in Batkovi?, he understands that no one survives an ordeal such as his without being marked for life in some way. Nevertheless, he has a ready smile, a quick laugh. "I want to find good things to remember and move on. I lost two houses and a car, but I am lucky," he says. "A lot of people lost everything, and now they are dead."
"I want to play again," he says wistfully. "I need one or two months to get in shape. But I have a lot of experience, and now I don't have to run as much."