Seriously? Given the small percentage of the public who fall in this category, I find it hard to believe that the companies cannot absorb the relatively small dollar amount in respect for service members. It is likely smaller than the existing bad debt they must need to write off for those who default under less honorable circumstances. The fact that a telecommunications company requires a physical copy of a death certificate ($25 each in my father’s case, and it has plenty of identifying information such as SSN, birthplace, mother’s maiden name making it a great resource for identity theft, which was not handled with any kind of respect or precautions) in order to change the account to a survivor’s name or terminate service is a problem for the general public. Evidence of an obituary or physically viewing a copy of the certificate, which is then returned to the family, should suffice. For anyone to be further dealing with such situations as a result of serving in the armed forces is a travesty, and I fully support any measures which would make the transition and aftermath less traumatic for the surviving family or executor.