Called eBenefits 4.3, the enhanced version uses interview-style questions and drop-down menus instead of fill-in-the-blank forms for the online disability compensation claim submission process. It also has a tool that helps veterans learn if they are eligible for vocational rehabilitation and employment benefits, a calculator for military reservists to determine retirement benefits, and a search function that allows claimants to identify their veterans service representative.
New features and functions will be added in the months ahead, according to an announcement from the Veterans Affairs department. By the VA's estimates, there are 2.2 million users with eBenefits, and the department expects to meet the agency's 2013 goal of 2.5 million users. The VA noted that with this recent release of eBenefits, the web portal has completed 13 consecutive releases since October 2009 with 47 self-service features for servicemembers and veterans.