Care Today fund was established by the India Today Group with the launch of “Lest We Forget Fund” to support soldiers who suffered during the Kargil conflict in 1999. The extraordinary heroism of soldiers in battle convinced the India Today Group that it had to do more than just be reporters and spectators. This was the first project implemented by Care Today Fund. 10 Kargil heroes and later 28 others affected by the war and anti-terrorism operations in Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast were provided support under this project.
- Support was provided to 38 soldiers who had suffered permanent disabilities while serving the nation during the Kargil conflict. Initial support was provided to procure hi-tech artificial limbs for the soldiers from the Artificial Limb Centre, Pune, Maharashtra and the Military Hospital, Chandi Mandir, Haryana.
- 38 soldiers were provided a grant of Rs. 3 lacs each in order to acquire assets that rehabilitated their civilian life. The assets included purchase of plots/lands, construction of houses, purchase of tractors to till the ground and hire out for farmers to earn an income, purchase of vehicles to be used as taxis for livelihood, purchase of small shops for grocery/garment business, opening of STD/ISD phone booth, along with photocopying machines, constructed household toilets and installed hand pumps at their own vicinity to stop long trudge for water.