If you take the King's schilling, he gets to call the tune ....
I left the Army half deaf (8" guns and big diesels will do that) and though several VA Benefit guys have tried to get me to sign up for free or subsidized hearing aids ....... No. Thank. You. I have had all the voluntary dealings with Uncle Sam I care to have ..... "But you earned that!" Yep. .... and I don't intend to depend on anything that is provided by an organization that can't possibly pay it's bills. If I don't have it, I won't miss it when they don't deliver on their promises .....and I don't see how they can.
Besides, I'd be paying for the stuff anyhow, in time wasted filling out forms and such...... somebody else probably needs that tax money more than I do, too.
TheGolden Rule of Tool Use: "If you don't know what you are doing, DON'T."