Rep. Sharice Davids takes OP native, Purple Heart veteran as guest to State of the Union

Rep. Sharice Davids (left) took army veteran Kyle Prellberg (right) to the 2020 State of the Union. Photo courtesy office of Rep. Sharice Davids.

A “chance encounter” at an Olathe movie theater brought Michael Williams, a Wounded Warrior Fellow working for U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, into Army veteran recipient Kyle Prellberg’s life. This week, Prellberg accompanied Davids as a guest at the State of the Union address.

At the time Williams and Prellberg met, Prellberg found himself down on his luck: he’d lost his marriage, he’d lost his job and he’d been unsuccessful in trying to get a Purple Heart for an injury while serving in Afghanistan in 2012. Since he’s been connected with Davids and Williams, Prellberg has received his Purple Heart and has moved into Veterans Community Project housing in Kansas City, Mo.