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  • Welcome To PTGI

The Post Traumatic Growth Institute exists to help military personnel and their families utilize spiritual principles to grow through the challenges of life. From personal experiences – the men and women of the PTGI have discovered God doesn’t waste pain and the traumas of life actually become stepping stones toward becoming more effective leaders in the military and subsequent civilian life.

The impetus for the Post Traumatic Growth Institute began when USMC Captain Adam Korkow returned from Iraq and several of his recently deployed / fellow Marines committed suicide. Adam’s commanding general suggested the officers needed to exercise more effective leadership. Adam’s father, Ken Korkow (Vietnam vet, Purple Heart, Navy Cross, medical discharge) contacted the commanding general proposing a faith-based approach to deal with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

In July of 2010, the Post Traumatic Growth Institute received approval from the 3-star general and then was approved by the Commandant of the Marine Corps.

The PTGI is collaborating with various well-established military ministries to disseminate the best-of-the-best faith-based PTSD items into the hands and hearts of our military personnel and their families.

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Liberty University’s Institute for Military Resilience.


  • About Us

Post Traumatic Growth Institute (PTGI) connects with military personnel (including the chaplain corps) and church/para-church organizations to provide faith-based materials to military personnel and their families via pre and post deployment programs and materials distribution. PTGI works directly with military personnel suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to help stabilize their lives (preventing suicides, divorce, drug & alcohol abuse, physical abuse, life neglect) and use faith-based approaches to grow into more responsible military and civilian leaders.

Our Directors

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Ken Korkow

PTGI Executive Director – Marine


Seriously wounded in combat at Khe Sanh, Vietnam. Received a Purple Heart and the Navy Cross for his combat valor. Ken is available to be contacted by e-mail and by his mobile phone, 402-677-7082.

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Adam Korkow

PTGI Business Manager – Marine Corps Captain


Osprey pilot.  Deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.  Catalyst for the founding of PTGI when several of his fellow Marines committed suicide upon returning from a deployment.  Currently in graduate school.  Is business manager for PTGI.

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Brian Ascherin

PTGI Board Member – Army Officer


Brian Ascherin knows firsthand about combat and PTSD.  As an Army officer / forward observer he saw extensive action.  He also understands business from his years as an engineer with Northrop Grumman.  But it was his surrender to God that has brought healing and purpose to his life.

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William (Fritz) Klumpp

PTGI Board Member – Naval Academy


Life became even more exciting as a F-4 fighter pilot off the US Kitty Hawk.  Then he was shot down over enemy territory.  He made a quick deal with God – but when he was rescued – promptly forgot and retook control of his life.

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Bill Jayne

PTGI Representative – Military


Bill Jayne should have been dead.  27 others on his patrol were.  One became a POW.  The rest were WIA.  Why do some live?  And others don’t?  Bill carries those questions and pains but continues to find answers and peace as he grows in his faith.  His story will help you with your story.

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Daniel Nigolian

PTGI Representative – Lt. Col. Chaplain


Dan Nigolian had answers.  As a Lt. Col. Chaplain – his job was to help others deal with the issues of combat.  Then his best friend, a base commander, committed suicide – and those pat answers no longer worked.  His story will take you beyond religion.

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Jodi Owen

PTGI Representative – National Guard


Jody Owen counseled hundreds – but her heart was with our military personnel – so she joined the military and now serves – with great insights – helping active and prior military.

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John Harmon

PTGI Representative – Marine


I was in the United States Marine Corps from 1966 to 1970.

I served in Vietnam from July 1966 to June 1967 as a machine-gunner and was med-evaced twice as the result of a bullet wound in my left leg and a hyper-extended right leg from stepping in a “pungi” pit.  I have a 50% disability rating from the leg wound, hearing loss, and PTSD.

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Chris Ayres

PTGI Representative – Marine Corps Captain


Marine Corps Captain Chris Ayers’ body was shredded at Fallujah.  But his mind / emotions / relationships were hurt even more.  And his family was collateral damage.  Discover what changed life for the Ayers family.

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Robbie Ball

PTGI Representative – Lieutenant Colonel, US Army Reserve


LTC Ball served as a “Citizen Soldier” in the Army Reserves for 28 years, retiring in 1999. Robbie fought his retirement until September 10, 2001.

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Pat Bluthardt

PTGI Representative -LTC  USAR (Ret)


Pat Bluthardt, LTC (ret) USAR, was a “good religious” kid from Kansas, who by the Grace of God, has been transformed to understand that all his worldly success (college + military + business) amounts to nothing without knowing God. While never been shot at, never been to war – he has been to war in his own life.

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Romme Burch

PTGI Representative – Senior Master Sergeant (Ret)


Romme Burch understands the consequences of war from his tour in Southeast Asia and by God’s grace he is still alive. Romme’s last assignment with the Department of Defense was with the Tricare Management Activity which is now the Defense Health Agency.

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Al Kruse

PTGI Representative – US Army Col. (Ret)


Al Kruse grew up on a family farm near “small town South Dakota” (pop 450) and finished his military career as CDR of Rock Island Arsenal.  He and his wife Betty have 3 daughters/sons-in-law and 8 grandchildren.

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Tim Stiansen

PTGI Representative – LTC, U.S. Army (Ret)


Tim served for 22 years in the Active Duty Army, retiring in 2014.  He is a two-time combat veteran (Somalia & Iraq) and has served in Light, Mechanized, and Stryker Infantry units. His awards and decorations include the Purple Heart and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

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Jeff Holcomb

PTGI Representative – Navy Seal


Hopelessly lost in the desert with my SEAL platoon, I truly thought, this is it. This is where my team and I would die.  It was four days past our mission extraction time, with no food or water.   We were all dehydrated, sick, swollen and blistered by the 110 degree sun. I started thinking, is God real? Can He save me?

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John Wainonpaa

PTGI Representative –  Military


 

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Loren Minnix

PTGI Representative – Marine


As a plumbing contractor, Loren has traveled the world on humanitarian aid operations.  As a Marine he connects with the military.  Since his retirement he has helped set up Veteran Peer to Peer groups and serves veterans in Veteran Hospitals.

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Sean Quinlan

PTGI Representative –  U. S. Marine Corps, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret)


Sean Quinlan retired after 27 years with the USMC.   Sean has an incredible passion for God and leadership and he uses his life experiences as a way to share this passion.  

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Our Mission Statement

Post Traumatic Growth Institute (PTGI) connects with military personnel (including the chaplain corps) and church/para-church organizations to provide faith-based materials to military personnel and their families via pre and post deployment programs and materials distribution.


Contact Us

Prayer is one of the most important ways to support us.  Please pray for the Post Traumatic Growth Institute in the following ways:

    • Please pray PTGI would be effective in ministering to people in pain.
    • Please pray about being a mentor.   If you feel God is calling you to mentor someone that desires to be mentored, please contact us.
    • Prayerfully consider sharing  our FREE materials with military, the VA, or our veterans in prisons.  We will gladly ship our materials to you providing our funds allow us to do so.

If you are led to support us financially, please know that NO ONE receives any salary through the Post Traumatic Growth Institute.  All of our volunteers are people who have had their lives changed through faith in God and are committed to sharing that good news with others.