Kate Norley is a veteran of the American Iraq War, who worked as a paramedic for the US Army and as a psychologist. She owes her popularity to her “military love story” with the British comedian John Oliver, who has received several Emmy awards.
Since the story of how they met broke down, Americans have become more interested in what’s going on in their lives.
Norley now works as a veteran rights lawyer for Vets For Freedom. According to Oliver’s own words, Norley is “very American with a big A.”
Celebily brings you the A to Z story of how Norley decided to join the military, some lesser-known background information about her, how she met Oliver and the details of her married life.
Kate Norley Bio/Wiki/Parents
Kate Norley was born in 1983/1984 to a wealthy family in Arlington, Virginia. Her parents separated when she was 4 years old, but both continued to contribute efficiently to her life. Her mother’s next husband, Dennis Mannion, was also a stepfather. Dennis Mannion is Senior Vice President of Business Ventures for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL).
Norley has described her mother Pam Mannion as a very friendly and compassionate person who devotes herself selflessly to volunteering. Norley revealed that her mother’s kindness is part of what motivated her to serve others.
Pam once worked with Project Rubicon, a non-profit organization dedicated to disaster relief in some of the world’s most dangerous and underserved areas.
Norley’s birth father, Walt Norley, is a golf course designer who worked with legendary Jack Nicklaus to design golf courses in Florida. He is the founder and CEO of the OneGolf team.
Kate attended the Episcopal High School boarding school in Arlington, Virginia. At the age of 16, Kate rode her bike to soccer practice when she was hit by an out-of-control rider. She was confronted with a severe head trauma that took away her cognitive abilities. Kate had to relearn how to write and read again.
Kate Norley Military
Inspired by the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 that devastated the US, Kate decided to join the army to serve in the Iraq war.
Even her selfless parents were a little concerned about her decision, Stripes reports. While none of them tried to talk her out of the decision, they interviewed her out of curiosity to find out her reasons for such a discouraging move.
Her parents could learn that her decision was born out of her concern for the outsiders and disadvantaged.
Her first week in the army was scary, to say the least. A stray 7.62mm walk struck through her roof and landed on her chest, fortunately, she was unharmed. While this would have forced some to rethink, Norley stayed on top of what she had signed up for.
She first arrived at the 1st Cavalry Division of Fort Hood, Texas. Norley served as a combat physician in Fallujah and as a mental health specialist (the only female) in Ramadi, where she advised soldiers returning from combat.
Kate worked with the Mortuary Affair team to identify the remains of the fallen soldiers. She also helped with the identification.
During her 16 months abroad, she looked after Iraqi children, encouraged Iraqi women to help rebuild their country and also spoke with students from Baghdad University.
Kate received a Combat Medic Badge for medical care under fire.
After her active service in the Iraq war, Kate enrolled at George Washington University to improve her knowledge of medicine.
She also became a veterinary rights activist for vets for freedom. Founded in 2006, the organization aims to conquer terrorism. The group also supports politicians who consistently pursue their goals.
One of Norley’s goals is to create a women-led, non-political, nonreligious, non-profit organization that aims to empower women to rise to the Third World.
Kate Norley Married/Husband
Kate Norley met her future husband while working with Vets For Freedom at the Republican National Convention 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota. John and his crew were there to accompany the event for his daily show.
When the Convention security guards pursued John and his crew members for invading a restricted area, Norley helped hide them, and the rest, as they say, is history. They exchanged e-mails and became friends, then lovers, then married couples.
They married in October 2011 and in 2015 US Weekly reported that they welcomed their first child, a boy named Huson Oliver.
John has revealed that the meeting with Norley has changed the way he perceives the United States.
“I’m a little more defensive of the way America is perceived abroad. America takes much[swearword], much of it well earned, from the rest of the world. And yet, when something terrible happens, people wait for Americans to fall from the sky and help them,” John said on September 2015 at the Boston Globe.
John is also quite proud of his wife’s achievements. He once said to People Magazine;
“It’s the most enthralling thing I could do to go out with someone who has actually done something valuable with his life.
John Williams Oliver was born on April 23, 1977, in Erdington, Birmingham, England. He gained popularity in the US since 2006 when Jon Stewart invited him to The Daily Show as Senior British Correspondent. Oliver left the Daily Show in 2014 and started his own HBO show “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”.
Between 2010 and 2013 Oliver conducted his own Comedy Central Show John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show.