Local Business and Museum Offering "Thanks" to Veterans.

May 24, 2013 Updated May 24, 2013 at 7:01 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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May 24, 2013 Updated May 24, 2013 at 7:01 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y (WKBW) Unemployment is still a serious problem for veterans.

While the number of jobless vets is slightly decreasing overall, post 9-11 veterans still have unemployment numbers that are higher than the national average.

Metro Roberts Realty in Cheektowaga is trying to help.

The business has started a first-of-its-kind "Veterans to Realtors" program, and the owner is paying the $3,000 cost for eligible veterans to get their real estate license.

"If we lead by example as a small company and if the big companies do the same thing, I think we can solve this dilemma of unemployment for veterans," said James Roberts.

Metro Roberts is also offering a discount of 12% on all commissions earned when buying or selling real estate for veterans and active military members.

The Buffalo History Museum is doing its part to thank veterans by offering free admission all year long.

The museum is also part of a nationwide program called "Blue Star Museums" which offers free admission to active-duty and reserve military families at nearly 2,000 museums across the country.