Davids to Bring Purple Heart Recipient from Overland Park as Guest to the State of the Union Address

January 30, 2020
Press Release

Representative Sharice Davids announced today that she will bring veteran and Purple Heart recipient Kyle Prellberg from Overland Park, Kansas as her guest to the State of the Union Address in Washington, DC on February 4.

Prellberg was injured while serving in Afghanistan in 2012 but due to an error did not receive a Purple Heart. With the help of Rep. Davids’ office, Prellberg was able to receive his Purple Heart and was connected with the Veterans Community Project, which provided him with housing.

“Kyle served our country and sacrificed so much so that we can all live safe and breathe free,” said Davids. “Hosting him as my guest for the State of the Union is an opportunity to emphasize the importance of taking care of our nation’s heroes and ensuring they have access to the health care, housing and services they deserve. It’s also a chance to highlight the work my office is doing in our community to help constituents like Kyle and to make sure we are taking their priorities to Washington.”

“It’s an honor to attend the State of the Union as a guest of Representative Davids,” said Prellberg. “For the past seven years, I have searched for someone willing to help me get my Purple Heart, but all have passed the buck. I stopped believing I’d find help at all. Representative Davids has done what no one else would, and I’m so thankful for her help in receiving this Purple Heart.”

Davids grew up in a military family; her mom served in the U.S. Army for twenty years. She has been an strong advocate for Veterans and military families in Congress, introducing legislation to help Veteran business owners succeed that passed the House overwhelmingly. She also voted to include $1.8 billion for homeless assistance programs in the 2020 federal budget.

The President is scheduled to give the State of the Union Address to a Joint Session of the 116th United States Congress on February 4, 2020.