GOOD rolled out Austin’s Joe Italian Roast to honor and remember Army Captain Austin A. Murga. Austin was a dear friend, army buddy and XO of Daniel Colondona, son of GOOD’s founder and President, Danny Colondona. GOOD will donate 100% of the sale proceeds to Stop Soldier Suicide.
Army Captain Austin A. Murga of Fort Bragg, Fayetteville, NC, passed away on September 7, 2020, at the age of 26, after serving with the 82nd Airborne in Afghanistan. Austin’s life was permanently altered by the effects of war PTSD.
According to his mother, “From the time Austin could walk and talk, he was always chasing the bad guys”, and his life choices certainly led him toward that path. Despite protocol, he made himself available to all his infantry soldiers, regardless of rank, whenever they needed him. He would take each and every one of them under his wing in an attempt to give them the support and encouragement they needed. Austin once lovingly confided to his parents that he often felt like a father/brother to his soldiers. Although he was an outstanding officer, above all, he will always be remembered for his approachability and humanity.
In summary, the most important lesson Austin’s life taught those who knew him is the importance of caring for others in their time of need. Austin’s spirit can and will live on IF each of us emulates his nobility, integrity, and compassion each and every day in whatever way we can. Found in Austin’s Bible was a verse underlined as well as handwritten in the inside cover which resonates “The Murga Way”: Romans 12:16, “Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of lower positions. Do not be conceited.”
GOOD will be donating 100% of sales to Stop Soldier Suicide. After losing friends and fellow service members to suicide, Army veterans, Brian Kinsella, Nick Black, and Craig Gridelli were determined to create a solution for their fellow veterans who were struggling. For them, military suicide isn’t just a problem. It’s personal. Stop Soldier Suicide was built to change that.