The VA assigns a permanent rating when a veteran has a service-connected condition that isn’t expected to improve. However, award letters do not always make it clear if your rating is permanent. If your award letter states “no future examinations scheduled,” that’s a good indication your rating is permanent. Since permanent ratings are generally not subject to re-evaluation, conditions that have little to no chance of improving will not require follow-up compensation and pension (C&P) exams. Another clue that you likely have a permanent rating is that you receive benefits that are awarded only to those with permanent and total ratings, such as Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA).