By Guy Grand


Catastrophic insurance adjusters can gross between $70,000 to $100,000 in 6 to 8 months. This career is matched up perfectly with the skills and characteristics developed in the armed forces. As a licensed postsecondary vocational school that is VA approved for tuition assistance under the 9/11 GI Bill ®, Veteran Adjusting School provides the most complete and comprehensive training for Veterans to become CAT Adjusters.

What is CAT Adjusting?

When a region is devastated by a natural disaster (hurricane, hail storm, wildfire, etc.), catastrophic or CAT adjusters are deployed to the affected area to estimate damages for insurance agencies. They are independently contracted to represent the agency at the catastrophic event to assess how much money the insured homeowner is entitled to under their policy.

The contracted adjuster is paid for every claim that they are able to close. This is why there is so much opportunity for a hard working adjuster to make up to 6-figures during the storm season.  

Why Are Veterans Ideal CAT Adjusters?

The skills that are developed in the military are essential to being successful in the catastrophic adjusting field. It takes hard work, self-motivation, organization, and dedication to excel in the career of CAT adjusting.

As a representative of the insurance agencies, you must be able to uphold the company’s reputation and be able to work efficiently to close claims. The work must be conducted with an understanding of the customer’s loss after the tragic event.

The Best Training For Veterans

Veteran Adjusting School (VAS) was built with the direct intention of training and delivering job placement for Veterans. VAS works with more than 15 insurance partners to assure job placement right out of school.

Along with VA tuition assistance, VAS has the most comprehensive course for catastrophic adjusting. The course includes:

  • 30 adjuster subjects
  • 40 real world claims
  • Xactimate level 2 training
  • Mentorship through and even post-graduation
  • In-the-field adjuster training
  • Laptop & tools

For a rewarding career in catastrophic insurance adjusting, VAS is the best training for veterans.

By Guy Grand


Under the 9/11 GI Bill ® the VA will assist Veterans with school tuition for schools that have been approved by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. This means that if you are a Veteran of the armed forces you can have most of your schooling paid for at one of these schools. (VAS) Veteran Adjusting School is a VA approved school that was founded on the principle of helping Veterans become fully trained catastrophic insurance adjusters.

Why CAT Adjusting For Veterans?

Catastrophic insurance adjusting is an ideal fit for Veterans. A CAT adjuster will typically make between $70,000 – $100,000 in 6 – 8 months during the storm season. They make their own hours but must have a specific set of skills that are instilled at every level of the armed forces. A CAT adjuster must be hard-working, self-motivated, organized and dedicated.

What is CAT Adjusting?

When a catastrophic storm (hurricane, hail, etc.) hits a region, insurance companies need to send out independent contracted CAT adjusters to assess the damages to the policyholders’ properties. The adjuster will leave on a storm deployment going from house to house estimating how much compensation the homeowner is entitled to under their insurance policy. A catastrophic insurance adjuster is usually paid by the amount of claims they can close. This is why a more motivated individual can typically make 6 figures in 6 months.

Veteran Adjusting School

VAS is a 6-week intensive course that fully prepares students for storm deployment. With in-the-field training, software training, and mentoring (through and beyond licensing); it is the only VA-approved school for CAT adjusters. VAS has 100% graduation rate and 96% job placement rate. VAS works with Insurance Partners to ensure graduates will be hired upon graduation. In fact, many Insurance Agencies look for the VAS certificate to find adjusters that can deliver quality and comprehensive estimates.


By Guy Grand


Dr. Roy Grimm is a man of many talents and accomplishments. Today, for Military Appreciation Month, we would like to honor him for his service in the military.

It takes a certain type of person to become a Marine. Bravery, hard work, dedication, and loyalty are words that don’t even scratch the surface of the characteristics that these men embody as they defend our nation.

Roy Grimm enlisted in the military in 1969 and quickly rose to command a HAWK Anti-Aircraft Missile Battery by 1971. Shortly thereafter he had become a Marine; but he didn’t stop there. The country called upon him to become a captain in the Marine Corps. And not being one to shy away from the role impressed upon him, he did it with the honor and bravery you would expect from a valiant soldier.

After his return, Roy obtained a Ph.D. in philosophy and history of education and became a professor. As an educator, he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in the Foundations of Education, as well as Computers in Education at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Continuing his love of education, Roy became the Headmaster at Verde Valley School in Sedona Arizona (one of the nation’s most progressive and rigorous college preparatory boarding schools). This is where our school’s founder, Guy Grand, met Roy and began a lifelong friendship.  

After four years at Verde Valley School, Roy went on to become a real estate buyer’s agent and has been since 1997. In October of 2001, he became a member and founding corporate underwriter of Buyers Brokers of Sedona & Flagstaff (Northern Arizona’s first and most productive Exclusive Buyer’s Agency) where he also serves as a member of the Board of Directors. In 2009, Roy merged the Buyers Brokers of Sedona & Flagstaff with Russ Lyon Sotheby to form the Buyer Brokers Grp – Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International. Roy Grimm’s business helps both buyers and sellers reach their real estate goals.

As a friend, our school’s founder, Guy Grand has these kind words to say about Roy.

“Roy took a chance and entrusted the school’s largest annual fundraiser to me; to co-produce with some of the country’s most well know musical artists. Most of these artists are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Together, Roy and I showed our commitment to giving Native American high school students a superior college preparatory education. And as such, showed our artist benefactors that their commitment to the Verde Valley School Native American Scholarship Benefit Concert was a worthwhile cause. Even after Roy left the Verde Valley School these world class musicians came to Sedona for 11 years and helped scores of worthy young men and women get the education they may otherwise not have gotten. I learned much about business, organization, and life from Roy and I am grateful to call him a mentor and my friend.”

For Dr. Roy Grimm’s service to our country – we at Veteran Adjusting School – would like to thank and honor him. Thank you, Roy! Below is what Roy Grimm had to say about Guy Grand…..and we thanks him for that too!

“I’ve known Guy for 24 years since he organized and ran the Jackson Browne Benefit Music Festivals at Verde Valley School. He’s a man of utmost integrity and high idealism. He’s also a terrific administrator and teacher who can get the job done. I am delighted that he has, in recent years, turned his talents toward helping my fellow Vets learn insurance adjusting from the master. Dr. Roy Grimm (Captain, USMC)”

Veteran Adjusting School’s Program is an AZ State Licensed Vocational School and approved by the US Department of Veteran Affairs to accept 9/11 GI Bill ® educational benefits. The VAS-Trained Insurance Adjuster Program is a 6-week course that trains Veterans and non-vets in a career as an Independent Catastrophe and Day Claim Insurance Adjusters.

To learn more about Veteran Adjusting School, click on the link below.

By Guy Grand


May is Military Appreciation Month, and Veterans Adjusting School would like to show our support. Thank you to all the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to defend our nation. With the growing threats that surround the U.S., these soldiers are putting it all on the line for our freedom. And, to our returning soldiers, welcome home.

As supporters of our troops and veterans of the armed forces, we have gone to great lengths to make sure our school is VA approved for tuition assistance. Hopefully, this will make the adjustment to civilian life an easier transition.


By Guy Grand


Career for Veterans

Are you a veteran looking for a career that can utilize your unique skill set? Catastrophic (CAT) insurance adjusting is an ideal option for veterans.  A CAT adjuster will go to catastrophic events and estimate how much money insurance homeowners should be compensated under their policy. These adjusters can make 6 figures in one storm season. A storm season will typically last 6 – 8 months.

Going to a catastrophic event can be difficult for some people. It takes dedication and a good work ethic. With long hours and unusual work conditions, it takes a certain breed to handle the job. That is what makes this job such a great fit for veterans. The military consistently produces people with a great work ethic in the toughest of conditions.

With CAT adjusting, you make money based on the claims you close. So, you basically earn money based on how hard you are willing to work. That is why it is typical for a CAT adjuster to average “6 figures in 6 months.” The qualities of an adjuster that can do well in this field are self-motivation, organization, hard-work, and dedication.

Demand for CAT Adjusters Rising

Natural disasters and catastrophic events are on the rise with no signs of slowing down. The increase in severe weather conditions is creating a high demand for qualified and fully trained catastrophic insurance claims adjusters.

VA Approved CAT Adjuster Training Program

With a 100% graduation rate and a 96% job placement rate, Veterans Adjusting School (VAS) is your best choice for a catastrophe adjuster training program. VAS vocational training school, based in Sedona Arizona, has a complete program that takes the student from beginner to deployment ready in 6 weeks.

VAS is Approved by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs for Veteran’s Educational Benefits, and licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education as Vocational School #V1531.

The VAS school experience includes real-world simulations, mentorship through licensing, the complete adjuster tool-kit, laptops, Xactimate software training, and more. VAS mentors even help their students through their first claims to ensure that their estimations are configured correctly.

VAS Partners

Because of the high level of education provided by VAS, 15 insurance agencies have partnered with Veterans Adjusting School to provide their students with job placement after graduation.


Learn More

If you are interested in learning more about VAS insurance adjuster training program, click the button below to contact one of our mentors now.

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