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First Name
Last Name
Congressional Research Service and Ohio University
Website URL
U.S. military, U.S - Caribbean foreign policy, Cold War, Caribbean, Grenada, military interventions, political-social dynamics of war, global interconnectedness,
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Unable to comment on my work for the U.S. Congress, Only able to comment about academic research.

Personal Info

About Me

Heather Salazar is a Veterans Policy Analyst with the Domestic & Social Policy Division of Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress. In this position, she researches policy associated with U.S. veterans disability, various benefits, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. This research is turned into written products and responses to inquires by members of the U.S. Congress.

In addition, Salazar is a PhD candidate (ABD status) at Ohio University and is currently writing her dissertation on the U.S. – Grenadian relationship and the 1983 U.S. invasion of Grenada. She has traveled to Grenada twice to conduct research and oral histories and has conducted extensive research at US archives including presidential libraries and military archives.  To support Salazar’s research she has received multiple grants through Ohio University, Society for Military History, and Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. Her dissertation builds upon her master’s capstone through Norwich University entitled “Operation Urgent Fury: The Failure to Achieve Jointness and Its Impact on Joint Operations.”

Salazar also has an active teaching license in Pennsylvania and Maryland for Grade 7-12 History/Social Studies.

Recent Publications

“VA Now Processing Gulf War Veterans’ Disability Claims for New Respiratory Presumptive Conditions.” Congressional Research Service, August 2021.

“VA Begins Adjudicating Claims for New Agent Orange  Presumptions Included in NDAA FY2021” Congressional Research Service, August 2021.

“Removal of Nazi Symbols and Inscriptions on Headstones of
Prisoners of War in VA National Cemeteries” Congressional Research Service, February 2021.

Co-Author, “Border Crisis? How American Policies Have Produced a Generation of Refugees.” March 26, 2019.

Review of Dollar Diplomacy by Force: Nation-Building and Resistance in the Dominican Republic by Ellen Tillman. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2016. (H-Net, December 2018).

Contributor. “Presidential Decision Directive 63 (1998),” “President’s Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection (PCCIP).” Encyclopedia of Cyber Warfare. Edited by Paul J. Springer. ABC-CLIO. July 2017.

Review of Veterans’ Policies, Veterans’ Politics: New Perspectives on Veterans in the Modern United States by Stephen R. Ortiz, ed. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2012. (H-Net, May 2016)

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States, Grenada
Expertise by Geography
Atlantic, Caribbean, Latin America, United States
Expertise by Chronology
Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Diplomacy, Government, Local & Regional, Military, Politics