President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign is focusing on military families in an effort to expand support beyond what he received in 2008, by pushing the message that the president is for veterans and families, The Washington Post reported.

Obama lost the veterans’ vote in 2008 but won among those younger than 65 when running against Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., a decorated hero, the Post noted. The campaign believes veterans could make the difference in Virginia and North Carolina, states with large military populations. In addition to the president and first lady making a stop at Fort Stewart in Hinesville, Ga., Michelle Obama will head to New Mexico next week to meet with service members and families.